New Article: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

Thanks to Lily for sending this to me!

The JCAS is pleased to announce the first article published in 2016: “Developing a Typology of Human Rights Records,” by Noah Geraci and Michelle Caswell, both of UCLA.

This article seeks to answer the following questions: What makes a record a “human rights record”? What types of records fall under this umbrella term? How and why might we develop a typology of such records? What is at stake—ethically, theoretically, and practically—in the ways in which and the reasons why we define and classify records as such? The piece includes a literature review exploring the history of conceptions of human rights records in archival studies, and the ongoing discussion in information studies more broadly about the politics of the organization of information. The paper outlines the chosen methodology of conceptual analysis and describe the ways such methodology will be employed to de/construct the term “human rights record,” and provides a typology of human rights records, positing that such records can be examined according to five interlocking vectors: who created them, why, and when, where they are currently stewarded, and how they are being put to use. The article also examines the ethical, political, and professional implications of the proposed typology and suggests ways in which this rubric can be used in the future.

Download a copy of this open access article at the JCAS site.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!


Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant

New Issue: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

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The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies is pleased to announce publication of Volume 2, Issue 5:

Quidditch, Zombies, and the Cheese Club: A Case Study in Archiving Web Presence of Student Groups at New York University” by Aleksandr Gelfand.

Student organizations are a unique feature of university life whose records merit preservation. Since the mid-to-late 1990s, these records have been increasingly transitioning from analog format to a digital, web-based platform; a pattern that has only picked-up in the 2000s. This paper looks at a case study of the New York University Archives and its attempt to archive student organizations using the Archive-It service.

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The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Lily Cristina Troia
Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach
MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science

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

CFP: NEA and Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

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The New England Archivists (NEA) is working in collaboration with the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) to publish original articles on the topic of 19th-century photography collections and techniques. The JCAS will select submissions for a special issue to be published online in conjunction with the NEA Fall 2015 Meeting focusing on 19th-century photography to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, on November 7, 2015.

Authors should submit original works of recent research on:
— the history of 19th-century photography collections
— management and descriptive projects involving these materials
— the use of 19th-century photo collections by researchers, artists,
and staff in interesting projects and performances.

Original works by students, archivists, librarians, researchers, and artists will be accepted and reviewed according to the parameters set by the JCAS. See the JCASwebsite for criteria guidelines and information on the submission process ( For more information on the Fall 2015 NEA Meeting, visit the NEA website (

August 1: Submissions due | peer reviews begin
September 15: Peer review ends | revisions begin
October 15: Revisions end
November 7: Publication and NEA Fall 2015 Meeting

For more information, please contact JCAS Managing Editor, Michael Lotstein at

We look forward to hearing from you.

New England Archivists
Communications Committee