Call for Proposals: SAA’s Archival Futures Series

I heard about this new series at SAA last year. It is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to write something longer than an article but shorter than a typical book. Also, you can write about anything!

As a former member of SAA’s Publications Board, I highly encourage you to contact the editors with any questions you have. They want good proposals, and also want to help you create good proposals. So don’t be shy and reach out if you have ideas!


Archival Futures explores a wide range of society and technology-focused topics (see list below). Proposals should include the following:

  • the theme, purpose, and scope
  • the main argument or premise
  • the estimated length
  • the proposed format and an annotated outline or table of contents
  • the intended audience and the potential market (especially potential for an audience outside of the archives profession or affiliated professions)
  • the prospective value to the archives profession
  • the relationship of the proposed publication to the literature in the field
  • potential graphics and illustrations
  • co-authors or contributors
  • the author’s anticipated available time for writing the first draft and for editorial revisions (i.e., how long will this take you?)


Timely development will be facilitated by the use of a collaborative yet rigorous editorial process. Each publication will be edited by a Series Editor with input from other reviewers. A single-blind review process will be used. Authors should expect a robust editorial presence, involving considerable back-and-forth from acceptance to completion, and high-quality copyediting and design work, to ensure the creation of an outstanding product.


  • Series Editors receive and review proposal
  • Series Editors present proposal to SAA Publications Editor
  • Publications Editor and Series Editors send for peer review
  • Publications Editor gives final approval
  • One of the Series Editors is assigned to work on the project
  • ALA issues contract to Author
  • Author begins writing book


For more information about Archival Futures, or to present or discuss a proposal (see potential topics below), please contact Series Editors Bethany Anderson ( and Amy Cooper Cary (


Society Focused:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropocentrism
  • Arts
  • Citizenship
  • Civic Engagement
  • Colonialism
  • Community
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural Competency
  • Democracy
  • Diversity / Inclusion
  • Diversifying Collections
  • Economics
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity / Ethnocentrism
  • Feminism
  • Freedom of Information
  • Gaps in the archival record
  • Gender Identity
  • Historiography
  • Humanism
  • Emigrants / Immigrants
  • Intersectionality
  • Journalism
  • Labor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Nostalgia
  • Permanence
  • Popular culture
  • Reconciliation
  • Refugees
  • Religion / Spirituality
  • Right to be Forgotten / Erasure
  • Science
  • Secret Archives
  • Social Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Storytelling

Technology Focused:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-archives
  • Civic Data
  • Computation
  • Big Data
  • Data Rescue
  • Email
  • Free Speech
  • Machine Learning
  • Privacy
  • Social Media
  • Webarchives

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