Volunteers Needed: Crowdsourced Special Collections or University Archives Histories’ Web Review

This project will gather data about the current state of institutional web-available histories of Special Collections and University Archives. As a result of this data collection, the Archival History Section will be able to promote the writing of online archival histories of research and academic institutions, including archives and special collections in college and university... Continue Reading →

Review of “Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England”

Noah Millstone, Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2016). xvi + 358 pp. ISBN: 978-1107120723. In the last quarter century or so, scholars have been busy uncovering a rich manuscript culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England too long overshadowed by print.  It is now clear that print... Continue Reading →

Quotable History – 1775

"Mettre dans un Chartrier un ordre qui dure éternellement, sans que personne le maintienne, est une chose aussi impossible que de faire une Montre qui aille perpétuellement sans jamais être montée: cependant on peut dire que chaque Archiviste approche plus ou moins de ce point de perfection, à proportion de la bonté de son système."... Continue Reading →

Regional Archival Organizations: History in the Making

With this post, Archival History News engages with the historical memory of archival institutions within the United States. The following two papers by Lee (Leon) Miller (Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University) and Lauren Brown (MARAC Historian, University of Maryland)  represent first-person perspectives on the past, present, and future of regional archival associations. Originally presented orally... Continue Reading →

Quotable History, 1980

"Beth Hodge: Do you ever feel invisible in your role as archivist? Deborah Edel: Yes, I have talked sometimes about the loneliness of the long-distance archivist and the ambivalence that I experience. I think you've expressed it more, Joan [Nestle], and I think you feel it even more strongly because you're a writer. It's this... Continue Reading →

Recap: SAA 2018’s “Guide to Navigation in Perilous Times: Journeys Through Archival History and Historiography” panel

At the Archival History Section Meeting, the panel discussed critical issues of justice, equity, and political reform as they related to the use of archives and the employment of archivists in twentieth century America.  Over forty attendees listened to current Chair, Dr. Alex H. Poole of Drexel University, and Dr. Ciaran B. Trace of The... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Events

November 15-17 Illuminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message: 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia), with a keynote lecture, and Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries (3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor).... Continue Reading →

New URL domain for Archival History News!

Starting immediately, Archival History News will be located at ArchivalHistory.News Visitors to the website who have bookmarked archivalhistorynews.wordpress.com should be redirected automatically to the new URL (www.archivalhistory.news). Please let AHN editors know (archivalhistorynews@gmail.com) if your browser does not take you to the new domain name.


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