Call for Proposals: Archives and Primary Source Handbook Deadline Extended to February 14th

Please see the call for proposals below and the deadline to submit has been extended to February 14th!

Working Title: Archives and Primary Source Handbook, open-access textbook published via New Prairie Press, a unit of Kansas State University Libraries, on the Pressbooks platform

Edited by: Veronica Denison, Digital Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Rhode Island College, Sara K. Kearns, Professor and Academic Services Librarian, Kansas State University, Ryan Leimkuehler, University Archivist, Kansas State University, and Irina Rogova, Digital Resources Archivist, Kansas State University

Please send questions to the editors: Sara K. Kearns; Irina Rogova; Veronica Denison; Ryan Leimkuehler

Link to Form:

Librarians, archivists, and educators are invited to submit chapter proposals for a peer-reviewed open-access textbook for university level students and continuing learners handling archival and primary source materials. The textbook will be divided in two sections. The first explores the myriad of primary and archival sources that students and researchers may encounter in archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Encyclopedia style outlines or lesson plans dealing with a variety of formats are encouraged. The second section will be a collection of pedagogical content for educators to implement in classes or outreach experiences, focusing on specific skills and tools and/or teaching in different learning environments. Submissions that explore working with materials related to marginalized groups or content that addresses accessibility accommodations are especially sought. Volunteer reviewers are also sought, and those submitting chapters will be encouraged to review as well. 

View the full call for submissions here.

We invite chapters for the following sections and categories (please do not feel limited by suggested topics):

Section 1: Reading, handling, and contextualizing primary source materials.

We seek two types of chapters in this section:

  1. General reference overview that outlines key concepts that would help a learner engage with the format. Consider this the – “my students are working with newspapers today, what foundational information should they know about newspapers before we start handling and reading them?” section. Anticipated length: 500-3000 words.
  2. Lesson plans focused on a specific source, or sources. Our goal is to either embed digital representation of sources discussed in the textbook or link out to them.  The source should be publicly accessible. These lessons should include an introduction that contextualizes the source and includes citations. Anticipated length: 1000-3000 words.

Types of formats we would like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • Documents
  • Languages
  • Photographs
  • Film/video
  • Music
  • Oral histories
  • Material culture
  • Textiles

Section 2: How to Teach

These chapters are written for the educator and intended to help identify pedagogical and practical approaches to teaching with primary sources. Anticipated length: 750-2000 words.

Types of content include, but is not limited to:

Virtual Instruction

  • Teaching instruction sessions online
  • Plugins or software
  • Tools and equipment
  • Asynchronous

In Person

  • Hands-on
  • Group projects
  • Small classes
  • Large classes
  • It’s a tour, but interactive!
  • You have 30 minutes notice


  • Teaching with digital objects
  • Teaching people how to digitize
  • Teaching how to preserve born digital sources

 Proposal Instructions

Please submit a chapter proposal (250-500 words) for consideration by February 1, 2023. Anticipated chapter submission deadline of May 31, 2023

Schedule for Publication

  • Proposals close by February 14, 2023
  • Chapter outlines sent to editors for review by mid February
  • Chapter draft due May 31, 2023
  • Editor reviews completed by end of August, 2023 and contributors informed of any outstanding issues
  • Final draft published January 2024

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