New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 23, issue 2, June 2023
— select articles are open access

Applying Records in Contexts in Portugal: the case of the scientific correspondence from António de Barros Machado and Dora Lustig archive
Catarina SantosJorge Revez

Correction: Applying Records in Contexts in Portugal: the case of the scientific correspondence from António de Barros Machado and Dora Lustig archive
Catarina SantosJorge Revez

Accountability, human rights and social justice in public sector recordkeeping
Mark FarrellBert GordijnAlan J. Kearns

Search, save and share: family historians’ engagement practices with digital platforms
Henriette RouedHelene CastenbrandtBárbara Ana Revuelta-Eugercios

Use of port archives made public: criticism of hegemonic history pertaining to the Jewish presence in Greek Thessaloniki
Shai Srougo

Slide decks as government publications: exploring two decades of PowerPoint files archived from US government websites
Trevor OwensJonah Estess

“Maybe in a few years I’ll be able to look at it”: a preliminary study of documentary issues in the Ukrainian refugee experience
Magdalena Wiśniewska-DrewniakJames LowryNadiia Kravchenko

Archivist in the machine: paradata for AI-based automation in the archives
Jeremy DavetBabak HamidzadehPatricia Franks

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 23, issue 1, March 2023

Farewell and thank you to Beth Yakel; welcome to Fiorella Foscarini
Karen AndersonGillian Oliver

Archives and the Digital World
Ricardo L. Punzalan

US–soviet fisheries research during the cold war: data legacies
Adam KriesbergJacob Kowall

The representation of NARA’s INS records in Ancestry’s database portal
Katharina Hering

In search of the item: Irish traditional music, archived fieldwork and the digital
Patrick Egan

The impact of the shift to cloud computing on digital recordkeeping practices at the University of Michigan Bentley historical library
Dallas PillenMax Eckard

Digital knowledge sharing: perspectives on use, impacts, risks, and best practices according to Native American and Indigenous community-based researchers
Diana E. Marsh

“The only way we knew how:” provenancial fabulation in archives of feminist materials
Jessica M. Lapp

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science Volume 20, issue 4, December 2020

Original Paper
Open Access
Towards a human-centred participatory approach to child social care recordkeeping
Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle, Elizabeth Lomas, Andrew Flinn, Anna Sexton

Original Paper
Open Access
Creating value of the past through negotiations in the present: balancing professional authority with influence of participants
Ina-Maria Jansson

Original Paper
Usability evaluation of an open-source environmental monitoring data dashboard for archivists
Monica G. Maceli, Kerry Yu

Original Paper
Two archives of the Russian revolution
Vera Kaplan

Original Paper
Margins of documents, center of power: a case study on the Consejo de Indias’ annotated paperwork and the construction of legality in an imperial archive
Caroline Cunill

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 20, issue 3, September 2020
(partial open access)

Paradoxes of curating colonial memory
Charles Jeurgens, Michael Karabinos

Ten years of Archival Education and Research Institutes: a snapshot of scholarship
Heather A. Soyka, Eliot Wilczek

The regulation of archives and society’s memory: the case of Israel
Noam Tirosh, Amit M. Schejter

Dwelling on the “anarchival”: archives as indexes of loss and absence
Carolin Huang

Open research data, an archival challenge?
Charlotte Borgerud, Erik Borglund

Correction to: Open research data, an archival challenge?
Charlotte Borgerud, Erik Borglund

Correction to: Social media data archives in an API-driven world
Amelia Acker, Adam Kriesberg

New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 20, Issue 2, June 2020
(partial open access)

Original Papers

Social media data archives in an API-driven world
Amelia Acker, Adam Kreisberg

Participatory description: decolonizing descriptive methodologies in archives
Lauren Haberstock

Of global reach yet of situated contexts: an examination of the implicit and explicit selection criteria that shape digital archives of historical newspapers
Tessa Hauswedell, Julianne Nyhan, M. H. Beals, Melissa Terras, Emily Bell

Rural archives in China over the past 40 years
Tianjiao Qi

Acknowledging the shadows
Michael Karabinos


New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2020

Original Paper
“Problems with records and recordkeeping practices are not confined to the past”: a challenge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Frank Golding

Original Paper
Decolonizing recordkeeping and archival praxis in childhood out-of-home Care and indigenous archival collections
Sue McKemmish, Jane Bone, Joanne Evans, Frank Golding, Antonina Lewis

Original Paper
The flexibility of the records continuum model: a response to Michael Karabinos’ “in the shadow of the continuum”
Viviane Frings-Hessami

Original Paper
Epistemologies of the archive: toward a critique of archival reason
Jason Lustig

Original Paper
The implications of digital collection takedown requests on archival appraisal
Shelly Black

Correction to: “To go beyond”: towards a decolonial archival praxis
J. J. Ghaddar, Michelle Caswell

CFP: Archival Science Special Issue, “Archival Thinking: Genealogies and Archaeologies”

Archival Science has circulated a call for papers for a special issue on “Archival Thinking: Genealogies and Archaeologies”.

The guest editors are James Lowry, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies ( and Heather MacNeil, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (

It has been suggested that provenance had been established as an organizing principle in Portuguese and Neapolitan archives long before De Wailly’s memorandum of 1841 introduced the principle to the Archives Nationales de France. It has also been suggested that macroappraisal emerged simultaneously but separately in Canada and China. And while the roots of certain aspects of records management have been traced back to medieval chancery procedures, much of its history remains under-researched and poorly understood.

There is a need for work that illuminates the history of ideas in the archival field. This special issue will provide space for explorations of archival concepts and practices as they have emerged over time. We are calling for papers that examine the development of archival practices, theories and traditions in different national and social contexts, and their transposition and movement over time. Articles might include:

  • discussions of Indigenous knowledge systems as sovereign or normative rather than alternative, supplementary or subaltern information systems
  • genealogies of classification theory that centre or recognise the contribution of archival thinking to knowledge organisation in other fields
  • lexicographical experiments, for instance mappings of technical terms across languages or traditions
  • studies of linked data or Records in Contexts that begin in the 1960s or earlier
    expositions of concepts of authenticity other than the juridical and Eurocentric conceptualisation dominant in archival studies
  • longitudinal visual analyses of the changing definition of provenance
  • glossed translations of canonical works in languages other than English
    histories of records management and its techniques, for instance the application of business process mapping to the design of classification schemes or the articulation of traditional registration practices in standards for digital systems
  • imagining an alternative present by deleting canonical works from history

We are particularly interested in papers that employ the archaeological and genealogical methodologies of Foucault to trace histories of ideas with a view to understanding their place(s) within paradigms, historical trajectories and social moments and movements.

Key dates:
• Submission deadline: 1 December 2019
• Review time: December 2019 to May 2020

Submission instructions: Papers submitted to the special issue must be original, and must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. Data that have already been used in previously published work can only be reused if the research questions and analysis framework are new. Articles of various lengths will be accepted, but generally no more than 7,000-8,000 words.

Submissions should be made online via the Editorial Manager system at

During submission please select article type “SI: Archival Thinking”. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website

Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard peer review process (double-blind).

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2019

Archives as places, places as archives: doors to privilege, places of connection or haunted sarcophagi of crumbling skeletons?
Belinda Battley

“Something that feels like a community”: the role of personal stories in building community-based participatory archives
Ana Roeschley, Jeonghyun Kim

Unpacking the boxes of Adão Ventura’s archive: reflections on the black poet in the literary archive
Gustavo Tanus

New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 18, Issue 4, December 2018

Political party archives: the system of recording and conveying information in local structures of the communist party in Poland ‘s Biała Podlaska province, from 1975 to 1989
Dariusz Magier

Genre, co-research and document work: the FIAT workers’ enquiry of 1960–1961
Steve Wright

Sustainability of independent community archives in China: a case study
Zhiying Lian, Gillian Oliver

The Dutch comptoir as information centre
Eric Ketelaar

New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 18, Issue 3, September 2018

In the shadows of the continuum: testing the records continuum model through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘Migrated Archives’
Michael Karabinos

“Seeking Information from the Lips of People”: oral history in the archives of Qatar and the Gulf region
Sumayya Ahmed Pages

The University of Fort Hare’s (UFH) corporate memory in the spotlight: retracing the institution’s centenary history through visual documentation
Francis Garaba, Ziphokazi Mahlasela

From the sidelines to the center: reconsidering the potential of the personal in archives
Jennifer Douglas, Allison Mills