New Issue: JCAS

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I am pleased to share the recent publication of a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) entitled, “Exploring the Eye of History-19th Century Photography and the Archives,” <> produced with the symposium, “Exploring the Eye of History” held at the fall 2015 meeting of New England Archivists <>.

The symposium provided attendees with new ways to experience nineteenth century photographs and encouraged archivists to make these materials more accessible to researchers and contemporary artists. For a review of the symposium happenings via the twitterverse, please direct your favorite web browser to a “storified” version of the proceedings at <>.

Articles in the special issue of JCAS include:

Jeffrey Mifflin, “Faded but Not Forgotten: Thinking about the Records and Relics of America’s Earliest Forays in Photography” <>

James A. Eason, “When Narrative Fails: Context and Physical Evidence as Means of Understanding the Northwest Boundary Survey Photographs of 1857–1862” <>

Nancy Austin, “The Half-Life & After-Life of New Media” <>

Melissa Banta and Elena Bulat, “Salted Paper Prints and The Harvard Class Albums” <>

The JCAS editorial board expresses its thanks to the contributors who submitted their work for peer review and publication as well as to the governing board of New England Archivists for its support and encouragement. Special thanks also goes to Gale Publishing for their generous sponsorship of the special issue of JCAS.

Very truly yours,

Matthew Daniel Mason, Ph.D.
Editor-at-Large, Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies
Immediate Past Chair, Visual Materials Section, Society of American Archivists
Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
P.O. Box 208330
New Haven, CT  06520-8330
Telephone: (203) 432-1078
Fax: (203) 432-4047

New Issue: Archive Journal

Archive Journal just released their fifth issue. They focus on “the use and theory of archives and special collections in higher education.” This journal is great because it is open access and also bridges traditional and interdisciplinary content.

The first feature is a Q&A about defining “radical archives.” One response notes it as “quite broadly, as any practice, record, documentation, or collection that challenges archival traditions or standards.” The archivists participating in this feature manage collections such as documenting Ferguson, transgender, DPLA, and others.

I was particularly interested in the introduction “Radical Archives” by Lisa Darms and Kate Eichhorn. I reviewed Eichhorn’s book The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order for the upcoming issue of Provenance. It was a great book, and I appreciate the journal bringing in a non-archivist to guest edit the issue. We need to do more to truly be cross-disciplinary and this is one way to further engage researchers and scholars in our profession.

Other content includes a review of a Rare Book School course, teaching American archives internationally, cooking archives, and a review of CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Annual Meeting.

I appreciate their efforts to not have a narrow focus on the archival profession. Hope you check it out!

Profile: VIEW, Journal of European Television History and Culture

Prompted by a question to include this journal on my list, I thought perhaps I’d start featuring various journals, especially the lesser-known ones. I hadn’t heard of this journal and as my bachelor’s degree was in media studies, the content is interesting to me.

Started in 2012, “Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage. With its interdisciplinary profile, the journal is open to many disciplinary perspectives on European television – including television history, media studies, media sociology, cultural studies and television studies.” (copied from the website)

I know little about European television, but because there’s a journal dedicated to it emphasizes that it’s an important initiative. A brief review of the articles shows that, as anticipated, they address similar issues found in the US. The first issue has the article “Why Digitise Historical Television?” discusses copyright, studying historical events through media, and that “old” programs “can still inform, educate, and entertain.” This issue also discusses television archives in France, Italy, and Romania.

Other issues discuss transnational television, post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, the BBC, Poland, Spain, (post)Socialist television, and other countries. One issue is dedicated to European television researchers. As we all know, understanding how our researchers use collections helps us with access, description, selection, and other facets of our duties. Issues also contain articles about types of television shows, collective memory, what happened “behind the scenes” and the television profession, specific stations, audience participation, and numerous others.

I only briefly reviewed the tables of contents of the issues and skimmed a few articles. I’m very impressed with the depth and breadth of the content provided in this great open-access journal. As it is written all in English, it will be a great resource for archivists writing about audiovisual digitization and should be recommended to researchers in history, media studies, communication, European studies, and others. We are moving to more global resources and research, and we can learn much from our colleagues across the ocean.

Thank you Erwin for sharing this journal!

Reminder: CFP Provenance Audiovisual Special Issue

Provenance recognizes the evolving needs within the profession and is working to address those changes when possible. For example, we published a special issue on advocacy in September 2013 (

Provenance would like to create a special issue dedicated to audiovisual archives and archivists. Despite two journals dedicated to archival audiovisual topics ( and, Provenance will take a different approach. What we propose is to create an issue where there may be written content, but the bulk of it would be original audio and visual “articles.” Submissions should be specifically about processes, procedures, projects, collecting, digitizing, providing access, or other aspects about managing audiovisual collections.

Following the model of innovative projects such as “More Podcast, Less Process,” we are seeking alternative means of disseminating research and ideas. Audio and video are powerful tools for demonstrating practices, projects, policies, or other content. We invite you to be creative in how you utilize these formats.

Proposals should be up to 750 words and include an abstract of the project, why an audiovisual/written format is ideal to present the topic, and the type/format of the proposed submission. As this is a new format for Provenance, proposals will be reviewed by the Editors for creativity, clarity of thesis/topic, and appropriateness to audiovisual formats. Editors will provide guidance and additional specifications to accepted authors to ensure a high-quality end product.

Suggested submissions include but are not limited to:

  • virtual tour or review of tool or procedure
  • podcasts
  • video tutorial
  • written article combined with audio or video or procedures

Submissions should not be:

  • recordings of conference presentations
  • entire oral histories or digitally reformatted materials

This will be published as an online-only issue, openly available to everyone, in fall of 2016. We recognize that because this process is new, we want to provide enough time for submission, review, and edits to produce an issue. The suggested timeline is as follows:

September 2015 – send out call for proposals
November 15, 2015 – proposals due
December 2015 – editors select proposals and notify all submitters
May 15, 2016 – deadline for final submissions
May-June 2016 – editorial review of submissions
July 2016 – minor revisions of submissions (if needed)
August 2016 – final review by authors/editors
September 2016 – published online (

Written submissions can be submitted via the online system: Audiovisual submissions can be emailed or shared through Google Drive/Dropbox to the Editor at


  • Audio files should be in .mp3 format; video files in .mp4 format.
  • Contributors can also provide embed codes from YouTube, Kaltura, or others if his/her institution utilizes other platforms.
  • All submissions should include a transcript of the audio or video to increase discoverability.
  • No minimum nor maximum word length for traditional article submissions.
  • Consult with Editors for other options.

Written submissions should adhere to established guidelines: Audiovisual submissions will not be peer-reviewed in the traditional sense. Because there are no standard guidelines for reviewing audiovisual content, the focus will be on quality of viewing and content. This process will be flexible and is subject to change.

Provenance looks forward to working with you!

Thank you,

Cheryl Oestreicher
Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists

Heather Oswald
Associate Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists

Jennifer Welch
Reviews Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists