CFP-Archives Month Call for History@Work COVID-19 Crisis Response Pitches

As part of American Archives Month, for the second year in a row, History@Work will be running an October series dedicated to publicly-engaged work by archivists and librarians in the U.S. and abroad. This year, we are recruiting pitches related to the COVID-19 crisis. Do you want to share your thoughts and experiences with us about archives and public history as it relates to the work you have been doing surrounding the COVID-19 crisis?

Archivists are important advocates of public history. However, public historians who specialize in different areas may not be familiar with archivists’ efforts to decolonize archives, assist community members interested in maintaining their own collections, and other areas of critical practice. As such, this series will focus on archival and library practice and labor as well as archives and libraries as public history. Because the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted new challenges surrounding the use and maintenance of archives, we also welcome pitches from users of archives. We see this series as an opportunity to share information and forge connections among and between archivists, their publics, and other practicing public historians.

Original blog post pitches are welcomed on a range of topics as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis, including (but not limited to):

  • Using, accessing, and providing access to archives during a pandemic
  • Community-engaged archival practice in an era of social distancing
  • Archives, digital technology, equity, and outreach during a pandemic
  • Archival work as public history (including “how-to’s”)
  • Archives as vehicles for activism
  • Archives, diversity, and inclusion
  • Archival practices, policies, and procedures during a pandemic
  • Archival work to document COVID-19
  • Behind-the-scenes posts on archival labor and how it has changed (or not) during a pandemic
  • Reflections or connections to archives-related articles published in History@Work and The Public Historian

History@Work posts are between 800 and 1200 words. Post should be written in accessible language and avoid jargon; we prefer hyperlinks and citations integrated into the text over footnotes. We strongly prefer posts that include images. You can read more about our typical editorial process and style here: can read the 2019 Archives Month posts here.

A sample of past History@Work posts that have featured archives include:

In addition, prospective authors may choose to respond to, or get inspiration from, this sample of articles about archives from The Public Historian:

Pitches for original posts, which should be between three and five sentences long and may include images, are due by Friday, July 10, 2020. First drafts for accepted pitches are due by Monday, August 10, 2020. All posts go through peer editing. Questions and pitches can be directed to guest editor and archivist Krista McCracken at

View the Word and PDF versions of this Call for Pitches, and please help us by circulating widely!

~Krista McCracken is a public historian and archivist at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as well as a member of the NCPH Board of Directors.

~Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is a public historian and scholar of early American social history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she directs the undergraduate Public History Program.

~Nicole Belolan is the Co-Editor of The Public Historian and the Digital Media Editor for the National Council on Public History and is based at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers in Camden, NJ.

CFP: “The Presence and Persistence of Stories,” National Council on Public History

“The Presence and Persistence of Stories”

Stories are the cornerstones of our relationship to each other and to the land. With each telling and re-telling, we reinforce relationships, we bridge past and present, and we lay foundations for the future. A single place might have many histories, it might have vibrant pasts distinct from our own, but through our stories, our memories, and our experiences, we become inextricably connected to that place. This conference celebrates stories and histories, and explicitly grounds them in the land of their telling.

At the dawn of NCPH’s fifth decade, this conference invites sessions that illuminate the ways stories of the past bring meaning to the present and that consider how narratives form and re-form through the ongoing nature of their interpretation. While the theme is particularly focused on Indigenous storytelling, the telling of under-told stories, and what it means to speak stories to future generations, we also hope to engage histories that reveal the dynamism and complexities of all communities, known and less-known.

View the full Call for Proposals, and see below for submission details.

Update, plus Archivaria and The Public Historian are open access

Greetings to all-

As I’m sure it has been for many of you, the past couple of weeks have consisted of planning work-from-home projects. I hope to get back to regular posts soon.

In the meantime, Archivaria and The Public Historian have temporarily opened all their content for free access. If you hear of more, send me a message and I’ll share!



Temporary removal of embargo

In response to the public health crisis of COVID-19, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be making the eight most recent issues of Archivaria freely available to all through this site and on Project Muse. Content from the last four years will now be available free for all until June 30th 2020. As always, all other previous issues are available in the Back Issues section of this site for your reading pleasure during these challenging times!

Posted: 2020-03-23

The Public Historian

Looking for free, unlocked access to The Public Historian
(University of California Press) at this time? As part of the Press’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Press has made arrangements for all of its journal content (including that of The Public Historian) to be made freely available through the end of June. This is to assist the community of libraries, faculty, students, and scholars with access during a time when their usual access is likely disrupted or challenged due to library closures, remote working arrangements, etc. Let us know how this access changes the way you use The Public Historian during this time!


Call for pitches and manuscripts: Commemoration and Public History

Read the full post from NCPH

We invite reports from the field by public historians about the challenges of commemoration at museums and archives, online, or in your community at large. Submissions might address upcoming and recent national and international anniversaries (such as the American Revolution, 9/11, the 19th Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Stonewall uprising, and World War I).

But we also want to hear about local or regional site-specific commemorations of less widely known people, places, or events. All submissions should engage with the historiography of commemoration and what or whom is being commemorated and should provide readers with portable lessons or best practices for doing public history.  As always, we welcome and encourage international perspectives.

Successful submissions will address one or more of the following questions:

  • What can we learn about the practice of public history from commemorations of people, places, or events?
  • What counts as commemoration?
  • In what new ways are public historians remembering local or regional history?
  • Who are the stakeholders and collaborators for these projects?
  • What forms does commemoration take, and what are public historians getting right and wrong?
  • Who is included in commemoration, and who is left out?
  • What role does material culture play in how we commemorate the past?
  • What purpose does commemoration serve, and how does it change over time?

CFP: National Council on Public History, Archives Month call for blog post pitches

I am deviating from the focus on scholarly publishing to share this call from NCPH. What a great opportunity to share with public historians the intricacies of our work!


As part of American Archives MonthHistory@Work will be running an October series dedicated to the publicly-engaged work done by archivists in the U.S. and abroad. Do you want to share your thoughts and experiences with us about archives and public history?

Archivists are important advocates of public history, and public historians who specialize in different areas may not be familiar with archivists’ efforts to decolonize archives, assist community members interested in maintaining their own collections, and other areas of critical practice. As such, this series will focus on archival practice, archival labor, and archives as public history. We see this series as an opportunity to share information and forge connections among and between archivists and other practicing public historians.

Read the full call

Webinar: Writing for History Publications

Archivists have appeared in these publications, and if you’re looking to reach beyond archival professional publications, this is a great opportunity.


NCPH is partnering with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) on a “Writing for History Publications” webinar. NCPH members can get a code for a discounted rate by emailing

Every project has a story, and the field wants to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs. We’ll cover the basics of submitting work to History News, the AASLH blog, The Public HistorianHistory@Work, and the Nursing Clio blog, with tips on choosing your platform and focus.

DATE: May 30, 2019

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $40 Members of AASLH and NCPH (NCPH members email for a discount code) / $65 Nonmembers

For a full description and to register visit .