New Issue: Comma

Volume 2017, Issue 1, 2018

David Sutton


Literary archives around the world: the view from Namibia
Veno V. Kauaria David Sutton

Learning and teaching with literary archives
Heather Dean

Keeping born-digital literary and artistic archives in an imperfect world: theory, best practice and good enoughs
Sebastian Gurciullo

Outside the margins and beyond the page: complex digital literature, the new horizon for acquisition, conservation, curation and research
Catherine Hobbs Sara Viinalass-Smith

What to do with literary manuscripts? A model for manuscript studies after 1700
Wim Van Mierlo

Where are our heroes, martyrs and monuments? Archives of authors, publishers and editors from the Caribbean diaspora in London institutions
Deborah Jenkins

Literary correspondence: letters and emails in Caribbean writing
Marta Fernández Campa

Archives at risk: addressing a global concern
Jens Boel David C. Sutton

Management of archival literary sources: the Greek approach
Marietta Minotos Anna Koulikourdi

Research, re-cataloguing and acquisition policy: new developments at the Archive of the Finnish Literature Society
Katri Kivilaakso

Архивы культуры в России
Т.М. Горяева

Building on the Huntington Library’s literary foundation
Sara S. Hodson

A location list of literary archives in Brazil
Luciana Negrini David Sutton

Call for papers: GKMC special issue on Community and small archives

Call for papers: GKMC special issue on Community and small archives. Submission deadline: 15 February 2019.

This is a call for papers on community and small archives for a special issue of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Recently there has been noticeable growth in discussion around community and small archives. Such archives may be stand-alone or part of other organisations such as schools, universities, historic societies, churches, cultural or indigenous communities, and local government or quasi-government organisations. They are often the result of local or community initiatives (where community does not necessarily have a geographic meaning). The notion of critical archiving and giving voice to the marginalised and non-elites is another important aspect, and community archives are considered to challenge the dominant modes of archival practice. Yet the realities of day-to-day practice in small archives are not widely understood or acknowledged by the mainstream or formal archive sector, and it can be difficult to identify key themes or concerns for community and small archives.

Papers are requested that explore the nature and use of community and small archives, their collections and management, and their place in the wider cultural heritage industries. Practitioner perspectives and case studies are especially encouraged.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Community archives and digital heritage
* The management of community and small archives including the use of volunteers, access, funding, governance, and strategy
* Diversity and discrimination vs the neutrality of the archives
* Social justice and community archives
* The nature and diversity of collections in community archives including digital collections and the issues around digital preservation and/or digitisation
* The use of community archives in digital humanities and local history
* Training and professional development for community archivists and archives staff
* Case studies and practitioner perspectives on the role, purpose, and place of community archives
* Cross-sectoral and shared practice around small and community archives or collections
* The place of community archives in the wider archival environment
* The place of community archives in the cultural heritage industries

Submission deadline: 15 February 2019

Guest Editors:
Sarah Welland
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Dr Amanda Cossham
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Further information can be found here: Community and small archives: evaluating, preserving, accessing, and engaging with community-based archival heritage

Call for Case Studies: Native American Archivists Section

In August 2018, the SAA Council issued a statement endorsing the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials as an external standard of the organization.  The Protocols establish best practices for the culturally responsive care and use of Native American archival materials, particularly materials that are housed in non-tribal institutions.

This series of case studies, sponsored by the Native American Archivists Section (NAAS) of SAA, is intended to help archivists, librarians, museum curators, and other professionals who work with Native American archival materials see how the Protocols can be adapted for use in a variety of institutional contexts.  More broadly, the case studies series is designed to highlight evolving access policies to Native American materials, whether or not these policies are based specifically on the Protocols.

Elements of a Case Study:

Case studies are intended to demonstrate real-world examples of the ways in which contributors and their institutions have developed and/or implemented access policies for culturally sensitive Native American archival materials.  Contributors are encouraged to write about the challenges of developing and implementing these access policies in their institutional contexts, as well as their successes.  Case studies from all sizes and types of institutions are welcomed, as are case studies focusing on various types of culturally sensitive archival materials (textual, photographic, audio/visual, etc.).  Case studies contributed by single authors or multiple authors are also welcome.

Each case study should include the following basic elements:

  • An introduction, which describes the institutional context and relevant Native American archival materials
  • narrative, which describes the development and/or implementation of access policies to those materials and any challenges or barriers encountered
  • conclusion, which describes lessons learned and ongoing development and/or modification of the access policies

A key component of best practices for the care and use of culturally sensitive Native American archival materials is collaboration with Native American communities.  Case studies that reflect Native American communities’ experiences with institutions’ evolving access policies are also encouraged.

Preparing and Submitting Your Case Study:

To inquire about submitting a case study, please contact the series editors: Rose Buchanan, NAAS Steering Committee Member], and Caitlin Haynes, NAAS Vice Chair []. Submissions are needed for summer-fall 2019, and will be posted to the SAA Case Study Series website on a rolling basis.

Case studies should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.  Authors are responsible for understanding and following the principles that govern the “fair use” of quotations and illustrations, and for obtaining written permission to publish where necessary.  Accuracy in citations is also the author’s responsibility.  SAA prefers the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style with endnote formatting for citations.

Review Process:

All submissions will be reviewed by two volunteer reviewers from the NAAS Steering Committee or from the NAAS membership.  Submissions will be evaluated according to a rubric.  Reviewers will return the case study and completed rubric within three weeks of receipt to the series editors.  The series editors will review the feedback and make an editorial decision, consulting with the NAAS Steering Committee and SAA Publications Editor as necessary.  The series editors will communicate a publication decision to the author(s) within five weeks of the receipt of the submission.

  • For rejected case studies: The series editors will communicate the rejection to the author(s) and provide the reasons for this editorial decision.
  • For a recommendation of revise and resubmit: The series editors will communicate the decision to the author(s) and negotiate a reasonable window of time for resubmission.
    • Resubmitted case studies will be reviewed by the series editors and at least one of the original reviewers to ensure that recommended changes have been satisfactorily incorporated.  The series editors, in consultation with the NAAS Steering Committee, ultimately make the decision to publish or reject resubmitted case studies.  The series editors will communicate that decision to the author(s).
  • For case studies accepted for publication: The series editors will communicate the acceptance to the author(s).

A submission will not be considered if it is being reviewed by another publishing outlet at the same time, or if it has been published previously in a similar form.

Publication Process:

Once accepted, case studies will be submitted to the SAA Publications Editor and Director of Publishing for light copyediting.  If major changes are needed, a version tracking those changes will be sent to the author for confirmation.  After the author signs off on a final version, SAA will format the case study and post it to the Case Study Series website as a PDF.

Copyright in the case study will remain with the author, and SAA will acknowledge this in the copyright line that appears with the case study.  Authors will consent, grant, and assign to SAA the non-exclusive right to publish and/or distribute all or any part of the case study throughout the world in electronic or any other medium.  In return, SAA agrees to publish the work under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license.

New/Recent: Various Publications

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation, Association for Research Libraries

Archivists as Peers in Digital Public History
Trevor Owens Jesse Johnston

Bridge2Hyku: IMLS Funded Project, Digital Collections Survey Report
By Bridge2Hyku Project Team
Todd Crocken, Santi Thompson, Anne Washington, Andrew Weidner, Annie Wu
University of Houston

Digital Processing Framework
Born Digital Archiving eXchange unconference at Stanford University in 2016

Chapter 8 “Digital Internships: Enriching Teaching and Learning With Primary Resources” in Best Practices in Teaching Digital Literacies (Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation, Volume 9)
Jenny M. Martin

Research on Cloud Storage and Security Strategy of Digital Archives,” International Conference on Intelligent Computing, ICIC 2018: Intelligent Computing Methodologies
Hua-li Zhang, Fan Yang, Hua-yong Yang, Wei Jiang

Special Collection: Remaking Collections
Open Library of Humanities

A Tribal Special Library and Archives Project: Establishing the Malki Museum Special Library and Archives (thesis)
Andrea Cristina Geyer

Digital Humanities 2018, Book of Abstracts


Call for Authors: Book on University History and Culture

Primary Research Group (, publisher of research
reports about libraries and higher education, is seeking to contract an author
to write a monograph on the academic library role in identifying, preserving,
archiving, accessing and marketing one’s own institution university history
and culture.  We define these terms broadly to include seminal lectures,
works, images, coursework, inventions, scholarship, special collections,
intellectual property, logos, performances, athletic events, student life and
other facets of the university experience.  The report requires 5 detailed
profiles of university or college efforts, focused primarily on the academic
library role but encompassing other departments or units as a replacement or
supplement to a university profile.  This is a compensated assignment.  To
apply send your resume and a brief cover letter to

CFP: Special Issue of The Journal of Popular Culture: Archives and Popular Culture

Guest Editors      

  • Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay, University of Vienna
  • Olivera Jokic, City University of New York


This special issue explores the intricate relationship between archives and popular culture: how archives shape our understanding of “popular culture,” and how diverse forms of popular culture shape conceptions and contents of archives. Conventional conceptualizations of the archive as the repository of authoritative historical documents, assembled and maintained by institutions of the state, have increasingly been challenged. Formation of repositories, in public and private, of materials created by individuals who lack epistemic authority has been of interest not only to historians looking for traces of their lives. Especially through diverse forms of popular culture—from books, photography, video, and music to statues and garments—archives have taken on new lives to become part of public culture. In such cultural products, that which ostensibly belongs to history shapes how we understand the past, can experience the present, and imagine the future.

While both mainstream and unorthodox archives gain new lives in and through popular culture, they also challenge our contemporary conceptions of “popular culture” by revealing how the definitions of popular culture have changed, and how new genres of documentation have emerged and disappeared over time. With the profound transformation of the recording media and conceptions of literacy, these processes have reached an unprecedented speed. As more people have acquired access to recording, distribution, and preservation of written and visual texts with broad availability of high-speed Internet connections, the time difference between the moment of recording and the moment of historiography has shrunk beyond measure. The archive is still about the past, but the past may appear closer than ever to the present.

The questions we would like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the role of the archive in defining what is popular?
  • Can archives be classified as products of popular culture? When and how do some archives become popular?
  • What would an archive of popularity look like?
  • How do archives reproduce or challenge our conceptions of the popular?
  • How does popular culture produce unorthodox archives?
  • How do artifacts of popular culture use archives to create continuity or difference between the past and the present?
  • How do archives of the popular shape the desires and imaginations of the future?
  • How do minoritarian producers of popular culture use or re-define archives of oppression and dominance? What prospects and limitations are involved in such endeavors?
  • What are the affective politics of archival praxis, and how do they unravel in the context of popular culture?
  • What has been the effect of the digital and mobile technologies on the relationship between the archive and popular culture?

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send a 300-word abstract to the editors, Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay ( and Olivera Jokic (, by November 30, 2018. Authors will be notified in early December 2018 whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. Full-length articles of 5,000–7,500 words will be due by December 1, 2019. Please note that final decisions about publication will depend on the peer-review process.

New/Recent Books

The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World
Michèle Valerie Cloonan
(MIT Press, 2018)

Privacy and the Past: Research, Law, Archives, Ethics. Critical Issues in Health and Medicine 
Susan C. Lawrence
(Rutgers University Press, 2016)

The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture
Heike Bauer
(Temple University Press, 2017)

Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis
Editors: Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell
(Library Juice Press, 2018)

Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS
Editors: Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho
(Library Juice Press, 2018)

Archival Afterlives: Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern British Scientific and Medical Archives
Editors: Vera Keller, Anna Marie Roos and Elizabeth Yale
(Brill, 2018)

Archival Futures
Edited by Caroline Brown
(Facet Publishing, 2018)

Digital Curation Fundamentals
Jody L. DeRidder

Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: An Archives Reader
Editors: Jeannette A. Bastian, John A. Aarons, and Stanley H. Griffin

A Companion to Public History
Editor: David Dean
(Wiley Online Library, 2018)


New/Recent Articles

Recovering tarnished 19th-century images,” College & Research Library News, Vol. 79 no. 9 (2018)
Gary Pattillo

Digital curation: the development of a discipline within information science,” Journal of Documentation, Vol. 74 Issue: 6
Sarah Higgins

Images of women in sport and physical education part 2: Building and integrating a digital exhibit site into the classroom,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship
Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 2
Brenda L. Meese & Julia Chance Gustafson

Personal archives and the writing of history in Brazil: a critical balance,” Brazilian Journal of History vol.38 no.78
Paulo Teixeira Iumatti, Thiago Lima Nicodemo

Informal Archives: Historical Narratives and the Preservation of Paper in India’s Urban Slums,” Studies in Comparative International Development, September 2018, Volume 53, Issue 3
Adam Michael Auerbach

Towards a Model for the Evaluation and Planning of the Development of Education for Library, Archive and Information Services,” Library and Information Research Vol 42, No 126 (2018)
Ian Martin Johnson

Special Collections: What Are They and How Do We Build Them?International Journal of Legal Information Volume 46, Issue 2 July 2018
Vanessa King

Teaching the Future of Technology in the History Classroom: A Case Study,” World Futures Review Volume: 10 issue: 4
David J. Staley

Bodies of Evidence: Understanding the Transformation of Collections from Individuals to Institutions,” Library Trends Volume 66, Number 4, Spring 2018
Liana H. Zhou

The power of agentic women and SOURCES,” Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. 13 Issue: 2
Scott M. Waring

Lifting the Veil: Digitizing Black Archives at Tuskegee University,” The Public Historian Vol. 40 No. 3, August 2018
Dana R. Chandler

Building a Home for the Past: Archives and the Geography of American Jewish History,” American Jewish History Volume 102, Number 3, July 2018
Jason Lustig

Archiving the IAWS Journey: From Six Steel Cupboards to Oral Narratives—Organising, Digitising, Documenting,” Indian Journal of Gender Studies Volume: 25 issue: 3
Sumi Krishna

Special Issue on Archives: disClosure

disClosure: A Journal of Social History, Volume 27
(open access)

Editors’ Preface and Acknowledgements
Sophonie Bazile, Christine Woodward, and Zachary Griffith

A Word about the Cover Art
Sophonie Bazile, Christine Woodward, and Zachary Griffith

Place, Memory, and Archive: An Interview with Karen Till
Emily Kaufman and Christine Woodward

Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Archives: An Interview with Kim Christen
Leslie Davis, Zachary Griffith, and Jacob Neely

Categories as Archives: From Silence to Social Justice: An Interview with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
Sophonie Bazile, Juan Fernandez-Cantero, and Jess Linz

Images, Silences, and the Archival Record: An Interview with Michelle Caswell
Harrison Cole and Zachary Griffith

Three Poems
Wendy Burk, Julie Swarstad Johnson, and Sarah Kortemeier

To Un-Become: Between Historic Reminder and Hallucination, Geographical Document and Childhood Memory, Collective Tragedy and Personal Healing
Saša Rajšić

Taylor Diken

Gonna die (poem)
Wes Grooms

Jessy Randall and Briget Heidmous

The Meadow and the Archive
Kris Bronstad

Subjectivity and Methodology in the Arch‘I’ve
Elizabeth J. Vincelette

Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
Alex Hanson, Stephanie Jones, Thomas Passwater, and Noah Wilson

The Death of Professor Jones: Ghosts and Memory in a Small University Archives
Erin Dix

Queering the Archive: Transforming the Archival Process
Lizeth Zepeda

Queer Lives in Archives: Intelligibility and Forms of Memory
Gina Watts

Togetherness with the Past: Literary Pedagogy and the Digital Archive
Madeline B. Gangnes

People of the Stacks: ‘The Archivist’ Character in Fiction
Sharon Wolff

A Reckless Verisimilitude: The Archive in James Ellroy’s Fiction
Bradley J. Wiles

Book Review: Cruising the Library by Melissa Adler (2017)
Kathryn McClain and Jennifer Murray

SAA Author Wins Award

Alex Poole Receives Award for Article in American Archivist 
Alex Poole, assistant professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, received the 2018 Bob Williams History Fund Research Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology for his article, “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century,” which appeared in American Archivist Vol. 80.2. Of the article, the jury said, “Poole’s fascinating and well-researched account of the role of African Americans in the development of archives in the United States addresses a much-neglected topic of diverse contributions to archival theory and practice.” Read the award-winning article here