Archival History Section Chair’s Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Colleagues,

A happy and healthy spring and summer to all! I would like to express my sincere appreciation to AHN co-editors Eric Stoykovich and Nathan Saunders, to former intern, Rebecca Leung, to our indispensable current AHS intern, Natalie Worsham, and to the AHS Steering Committee members.

First, we have launched the AHS Steering Committee elections; please consider nominating a colleague—or yourself!

Second, we are looking forward to our annual meeting, which will be held Saturday, August 3, from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. We are particularly excited to have as our speaker, Mr. Steve Mielke, Archivist and Librarian at the Ransom Center. At the meeting, we will present the second annual Archival History Article Award, which rewards an article of excellence in the field of archival history published in the preceding year. The meeting’s full agenda and further details will be provided in Archival History News.

Third, it has been a good year for scholarship in archival history. My predecessor as chair, Kelly A. Kolar, recently published “Bourgeois Specialists and Red Professionals in 1920s Soviet Archival Development” in Information & Culture: A Journal of History 53, nos. 3/4. My article, “’Be Damned Pushy at Times’: The Committee on the Status for Women and Feminism in the Archival Profession, 1972-1998,” printed in The American Archivist 81, no. 2 received the 2019 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research from the American Library Association. Apropos of publication, please consider submitting to Archival History News: let us know how you are or your institution is exploring our field’s rich history.

I look forward to seeing you all in Austin!

Alex H. Poole
Chair, Archival History Section

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