New Issue: Journal of Western Archives



New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Volume 10, Issue 1, Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency Special Issue

From the Editor

Helen Wong Smith


Archivist-in-Residence: Advocating and Managing Archival Diversity Residency Opportunities in University Archives and Special Collections
Angela Fritz

Seeking Grace: Reconstructing the History of African American Alumnae at the University of Denver
Katherine Crowe

The Doorway from Heart to Heart: Diversity’s Stubbornly Persistent Illusion
Terry Baxter

The Cost of Care and the Impact on the Archives Profession
Alexis Braun Marks, Rachael Dreyer, Jennifer Johnson, and Michelle Sweetser

Voices from Drug Court: Partnering to Bring Historically Excluded Communities into the Archives
Randy Williams and Jennifer Duncan

Utah State University’s Cache Valley Latinx Voices Project: Social Justice in the Archives
Randy Williams, Eduardo Ortiz, and Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Case Studies

When Building Namesakes Have Ties to White Supremacy: A Case Study of Oregon State University’s Building Names Evaluation Process
Natalia M. Fernández

Understanding My Home: The Potential for Affective Impact and Cultural Competence in Primary Source Literacy
Jaycie Vos and Yadira Guzman

CFP: Journal of Western Archives

The Journal of Western Archives is currently accepting proposals for a special issue on diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency (see call below). Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for the special issue is April 1st. We hope you will consider writing about your experiences and sharing them in this special issue. Submit your proposals Gordon Daines ( and Helen Wong Smith ( We will also entertain any questions you might have.

Diversity means different things to different people. It can be thought of as a fact or noun-something that you are or have. It can potentially encompass differences along lines of race, gender, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to the activities that individuals and institutions engage in that allow all kinds of individuals to feel comfortable and accepted with equal opportunity to access services. Inclusion can be thought of as an activity or verb-it is something that you do. Archivists have been interested in the concept of diversity for at least forty years-mainly in terms of collections and the profession as a whole. We have attempted to document diversity in our communities and to achieve diversity in the profession. Progress has been extremely slow. Dennis Meissner recently challenged archivists to move away from a diversity mindset and to an inclusive mindset. To meet this challenge, the Journal of Western Archives is currently seeking submissions for an upcoming special issue focused on the shift from diversity to inclusion.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • The history of diversity in the archives profession
  • The implications of shifting from a diversity mindset to an inclusive mindset
  • Developing cultural competency
  • Calls to action or imagined futures for making the archival community more inclusive
  • Documenting diversity in institutions
  • Achieving diversity in the archival profession profession
  • Creating inclusive professional associations
  • Fostering inclusive collection development practices
  • Collaboration between institutional and community archives

Acceptable formats for submission include research articles or case studies. Potential contributors are also encouraged to consult the more general submission guidelines of the journal.

Submissions will be due April 1, 2018

Please contact the editors of this special issue: Helen Wong Smith ( or J. Gordon Daines III ( if you have any questions.

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Journal of Western Archives Volume 9, Issue 1 (2018)
(open access)

Case Studies

“Reflections on Digitization, Outreach, and the Value of Ephemera in Special Collections: A Case Study”
Gregory K. Seppi

Case Studies in Campus and Community Outreach: The Life and Legacy of the USS Arizona Exhibit and the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Trent S. Purdy


Review of Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists
Jeffrey Paul Thompson

Review of A History of Archival Practice
Randall C. Jimerson

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the availability of a new special issue on web archiving ( This special issue was guest edited by Nicholas Taylor of Stanford University and features the following content:


Introduction to the Special Issue on Web Archiving
Nicholas Taylor

Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs
Jackie M. Dooley, Karen Stoll Farrell, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet

Case Studies

Case Study: Washington and Lee’s First Year Using Archive-It
Alston B. Cobourn

Using RSS to Improve Web Harvest Results for News Web Sites
Gina M. Jones and Michael Neubert

Collaboration Made It Happen! The Kansas Archive-It Consortium
Cliff Hight, Ashley Todd-Diaz, Rebecca Schulte, and Michael Church
We hope you might the content useful.

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Journal of Western Archives, Volume 8, Issue 1

Case Studies

Out of the Vault: Developing a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Enhance Public Programming for University Archives and Special Collections
Rose Sliger Krause, James Rosenzweig, and Paul Victor Jr.

21st Century Community Outreach and Collection Development: ASU Chicano/a Research Collection
Nancy L. Godoy-Powell and Elizabeth G. Dunham

Book Reviews

Review of Appraisal and Acquisition Strategies
Jean Deken

Review of Digital Preservation Essentials
Tawnya Mosier Keller

Recent Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2016


The How and Why of Mentoring
Alison H. Stankrauff, Tom Sommer, and Michelle Ganz

Say Yes to Digital Surrogates: Strengthening the Archival Record in the Postcustodial Era
Cyndi Shein and Emily Lapworth

Case Studies

The Gregory Peck papers: It’s Not Just Hollywood
Clare Denk

Strengthening Archival Digitization Efforts with an Interdepartmental Approach: A Case Study
Jessica Hayden, Jane D. Monson, and Emory J. Trask

The Business of Time Travel: A Case Study Examining the Processing of the Connie Willis Papers at the University of Northern Colorado
Emory J. Trask and Katherine Shull


Review of Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age
Christina Thomas

Review of Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository, Module 8 of Trends in Archives Practice
Kevin C. Miller

Review of Encoded Archival Description Tag Library – Version EAD3
Jodi Allison-Bunnell

Review of Rights in the Digital Era
Tammy Lau

Review of Archives in Libraries: What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together
Amber D’Ambrosio