9th ICHORA (2020): Conference News in Review

First organized in 2003, the ICHORA (International Conference on the History of Records and Archives) returned in late October 26-30, 2020, with its 9th biennial incarnation, hosted by the University of Michigan School of Information. ICHORA 2020 was spectacularly well-attended (over 270 people registered!) and remained thoroughly engaging throughout its five half-days of programming. As... Continue Reading →

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Result of Special Vice Chair Election

Dear section members, I am happy to announce that Susan Tucker has been elected as the section's new vice chair/chair elect. Susan comes to us with a wealth of SAA steering committee and task force experience and will take over the section's leadership after this year's annual meeting. Congratulations, Susan! Sebastian Modrow, Chair

New book: Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies

A new book by Geoffrey Yeo, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies (published this week), investigates the beginnings of human recording practices and provides a survey of early record-making and record-keeping in societies across the world. It investigates the ways in which human activities were recorded in different settings using different methods and technologies.  Many archivists... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: Michael Riordan, “Copying and Surrogacy in English Archives”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. Michael Riordan (Oxford University) provides a fascinating review of the history of copying of archival documents in a presentation entitled “Pre-digital... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: James Lowry, “Registration across Technologies”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. In a presentation on “Registration across Technologies: The Inscription of Value in Paper and Digital Records Systems,” James Lowry (City University... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: Jenny Bunn, “How Archivists Invented the Semantic Web”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. Jenny Bunn (National Archives, United Kingdom) introduces the topic of “Differentiation in Description or How Archivists Invented the Semantic Web” by... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Hannah Turner, “Cataloging Culture…in an Ethnographic Museum”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Histories of Ordering, Classifying, and Connecting." Hannah Turner (University of British Columbia) starts a presentation on “Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation in an Ethnographic Museum,” based on Turner's recently-published book, Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation (UBC Press, August 2020), by arguing that... Continue Reading →

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