Archival History Section Chair’s Letter

Fall 2018

Poole photo 2 - croppedGreetings Archival History Section Members!

We are delighted to continue the relaunch of Archival History News under co-editors Drs. Eric Stoykovich (University of Maryland-College Park) and Nathan Saunders (University of North Carolina-Wilmington), assisted by our intern, Natalie Worsham (Louisiana State University).

I am honored to assume the Archival History Section chair from Kelly A. Kolar, whose superb leadership last year merits much praise. I am entering my fourth year as a tenue-track Assistant Professor at Drexel University and have a longstanding interest in the history of our field. My work in the area includes:

  • “‘Be Damned Pushy at Times’: The Committee on the Status for Women and Feminism in the Archival Profession, 1972-1998.,” American Archivist 81, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2018). (Upcoming)
  • “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century.” American Archivist 80, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2017): 296-335.
  • “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American South.” American Archivist 77, no. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2014): 23-63.

Sincere thanks to all those who attended our section meeting at SAA this past August. We had a large and attentive crowd, illuminating presentations by Ciaran Trace and Alex H. Poole, and a robust conversation thereafter. We also presented the first Archival History Award, which recognizes an excellent article in the field of archival history published in the preceding year, to Patricia Grimsted for “Pan-European Displaced Archives in the Russian Federation: Still Prisoners of War on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day.” Please be sure to nominate any deserving articles you come across that are published this year!

Last, please consider publishing in Archival History News. Our co-editors are happy to discuss possible topics and types of contributions.

Alex H. Poole
Chair, Archival History Section

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