Ohio Archivist: Call for Assistant Editors

The Ohio Archivist is urgently seeking assistant editors to contribute excellent content to the statewide biannual newsletter. Some of the past and current columns are Features, Newcomers, News & Notes, and a Digital Feature. We are also open to new ideas such as Social Justice/DEIA, as well as others.

Ohio Archivist is published twice a year, in the spring and fall, and can be found online, along with the submission guidelines. This is a great way to be involved with SOA and help get the word out about all things related to Ohio archives.

The Ohio Archivist is the official newsletter of the Society of Ohio Archivists. Its primary mission is to serve as a conduit for information about SOA and its membership. The Ohio Archivist also publishes articles containing general information about the archival profession, especially as it relates to archivists located within Ohio and the Midwest.

For questions or interest, please contact Ohio Archivist Editor Jessica Heys.


This is a periodic reminder about newsletters as a publishing option. I encourage writing for newsletters because there’s usually a quicker turnaround and they are always looking for content. But mostly, because it’s a great way to start writing. It can be overwhelming to think about starting with a scholarly article, so writing short pieces is good practice while getting another line on your resume. Plus, they generally don’t require research and instead focus more on current project and activities.

And a quick note about two new newsletters, the Appalachian Curator and the BAS Quarterly (from SAA’s Business Archives Section).

As much as I’d like to, I can’t post every call or new newsletter, because there’s too many (which is great!). So take a look at the list of newsletters and find one that works for you!

CFP: The Federalist (newsletter)

The Society for History in the Federal Government’s quarterly publication The Federalist seeks early-career professionals working on projects related to the history of the U.S. Federal Government, such as interns, graduate fellows, Presidential Management Fellows, or Pathways Program appointees, who are willing to write about their experiences for an ongoing feature “Internships in Federal History.”

“Internships in Federal History” profiles are typically 300 to 400 word features focusing on your experiences and job responsibilities. The Federalist (http://shfg.wildapricot.org/Federalist-Newsletter) prints “Internships in Federal History” in an effort to raise awareness about the work being done by early-career professionals throughout the field of federal history, and to help individuals who may not have a permanent position to get better-known across the Society for History in the Federal Government community. Email the editor at shfgfederalist@gmail.com with questions or expressions of interest.

Founded in 1979, the Society for History in the Federal Government works to address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion across the federal history community. The work of that community takes many forms, including documentary collections, historic preservation and interpretation, institutional histories, museum exhibitions, oral history programs, policy research, records and information management, and reference services. The Society’s membership is similarly diverse, including not only historians but also archaeologists, archivists, consultants, curators, editors, librarians, preservationists, and others engaged in or committed to government history. The Federalist newsletter prints news of recent activities of the Society, its membership, and of important projects and issues affecting federal history programs. The Second Series of the newsletter commenced with the Spring 2004 issue, and is mailed quarterly to Society members.

Contact Info:
Thomas Faith, Editor
The Federalist, Society for History in the Federal Government
Contact Email: shfgfederalist@gmail.com
URL: http://shfg.wildapricot.org/Federalist-Newsletter

Newsletter Calls and Issues

A while ago, I started posting calls for content and new issues for newsletters. I’ve found that there’s much activity and it’s hard to keep up with the calls in a timely manner without them dominating this blog. Instead, I’m going to occasionally post reminders that publishing opportunities are always available for newsletters.

See my compiled list of newsletters.

I encourage writing for newsletters because there’s usually a quicker turnaround and they are always looking for content. But mostly, because it’s a great way to start writing. It can be overwhelming to think about starting with a scholarly article, so writing short pieces is good practice while getting another line on your resume. Plus, they generally don’t require research and instead focus more on current project and activities. So go share with your colleagues!

Newsletter Calls and New Issues

I am thrilled to resume my role as SOLO editor, and am now hoping to receive submissions for our upcoming, October (Halloween) issue.

Are you a lone arranger overseeing some odd/creepy/morbidly fascinating collections? Do you have cool items in your custody meriting more exposure to the archival world?
If so, please get in touch with me (alevine@artifexpress.com) with a some details about your role, and collections. We are aiming for a 1000 word (max) submission, with a (Friday) 10/20 deadline. We will publish the issue on Tuesday, 10/31(Halloween!!!).
Ashley Levine

The Ohio Archivist, Fall 2017 issue is now available. Our three feature pieces this fall deal with a local music history project at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives; House Bill 139 and the accessibility of adoption, and lunacy, records; and as part of the SOA’s 50th Anniversary, a “look back” by several past-presidents of the organization.

See the full announcement.


California Originals, the quarterly newsletter of the California State Archives, is now available! The new issue celebrates California Archives Month.



Check out the latest issue of Archival Outlook online! In this issue, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates its past through its archives, archivist Zachary Liebhaber considers the significance of preserving objects from memorial sites, and Council member Erin Lawrimore creates exhibits in craft breweries to engage a wider audience. Read interviews with Ida E. Jones, the 1995 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award, and Snatchbot CEO Henri Ben Ezra, who considers how chatbots could be useful to archivists. In addition, browse for highlights of ARCHIVES 2017 in Portland and catch up on this year’s award winners and new SAA Fellows. Start reading herehttp://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=439853


Please consider submitting a short article/news item to be included in the December issue of The Archival Spirit.

Articles (generally 400 – 600 words) may be submitted to me at tom@moravianchurcharchives.org by Monday, November 6, 2017. Accompanying graphics are encouraged.

Archived issues of The Archival Spirit are accessible at http://www2.archivists.org/groups/archivists-of-religious-collections-section/the-archival-spirit-newsletter-archive.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Tom McCullough


Call for Submissions for Fall 2017 Newsletter

We want to hear from you. The Archivists and Archives of Color Quarterly Newsletter is looking for news, upcoming events, exhibits, staff news, fellowship/scholarship announcements, etc. from your institution.

If you would like your item to be published in our Fall 2017 issue, please submit your announcements/news/photos to Ashley Stevens, Newsletter Editor at asteven8@gmail.com by Friday, October 13, 2017.

New Page: Newsletters

When I started this blog, I knew that there are a wide variety of archival writing opportunities. I chose to focus on scholarly publishing due to the lack of guidance and resources for archivists.

Now that the blog has been active for over 2 years, it’s a good time to assess and rethink. I still plan to have the bulk of the content focus on scholarly publishing. However, there are many opportunities that provide good writing practice which can eventually lead to journal, chapter, or book publications.

Therefore, I compiled a long list of newsletters on a separate page. Because there’s so much out there, including a newsletter link is limited to archival or related organizations and groups; individual and/or institutional newsletters will not be included to help maintain a manageable list. But please let me know if there are any to be added.

While I will try to post announcements about calls for contents or new issues, there are so many it is unlikely I’ll keep up. But I’ll do what I can! And I hope you find this valuable.

CFP: Various Newsletters

Open Entry (Michigan Archival Association)

Dear MAA Members,

The editors of Open Entry are now seeking submissions for our Fall newsletter.  The deadline is Friday, September 15.

We are looking for the following:

  • MAA 2017 Annual Meeting:  Your news and images from our recent conference in Traverse City.
  • Michigan Repository news and announcements.
  • Internship articles by Michigan students or interns in Michigan.
  • Archivists in the News: the arrivals, departures, and achievements of Michigan archivists.
  • Articles related to archival work that you would like to write.

Submissions can be text within your email message or attached as a Microsoft Word document. Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words.

If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you.

Please email submissions to openentry.editors@gmail.com

Again, that deadline is Friday, September 15.

Thanks and best regards,

Open Entry Editors
Cynthia Read Miller
Troy Eller English
Lindsay Hiltunen


The SAA Manuscript Repositories Section is currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 issue of our newsletter.

We welcome submissions of articles, announcements, and jpeg images relating to new collections, completed or ongoing projects, and issues of interest to colleagues.

Please send contributions to atodddiaz@towson.edu by Friday, September 29, 2017.

Thank you,

Ashley Todd-Diaz
Editor, Manuscript Repositories Section Newsletter


SGA Newsletter (Society of Georgia Archivists

We are seeking submissions for the Fall SGA Newsletter. As always, we would love to hear about any special projects or timely archival topics, as well as  member or institutional news (new hires, grants, exhibitions, awards, etc.). Also, if you attended or presented at SAA (or any other conference for that matter) we would love to hear your thoughts on the event or any special take aways you had.

The deadline for submissions is October 1.

Thanks! We looks forward to seeing what you all have been up to!

Kelly Zacovic, Archivist
City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives
City Hall, Room 103, Bay St. at Bull St.
PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402
Phone: (912) 651- 4212
Fax: (912) 525-1775
Email: Kzacovic@savannah.gov
Discover the Archives at: www.savannahga.gov/MunicipalArchives


Archival History News seeks written submissions for the launch of the Archival History Section’s recurring newsletter, soon available on the web.  Are you working with a collection that sheds light on the history of the profession?  Have you just made an archival discovery that you wish to share with the community?  Or are you conducting some exciting historical research at your institution and want to get the word out?

Consider submitting your piece to the Archival History News!  We are soliciting brief essays, short biographies or remembrances of archivists, book reviews of archival histories, and longer articles detailing moments in archival history.  Also send copies of archival photographs (taken before the year 2000) showing the work of archives and special libraries.  The newsletter’s scope is flexible and first-time submitters are always welcome.

The Archival History Section is excited for the revival of its newsletter.  Edited by Adam Mosseri and Eric Stoykovich, Archival History News is eager to receive submissions.

Archival History News, Author Guidelines:

Mission:  Archival History News serves as a means of communicating the value of archival history to a broad public, through the publication of ongoing archival history research, documentary or biographical notes, book reviews, and announcements of interest to those writing about the history of archives, archivists, and archival practices.

What we publish:  Archival History News will publish a variety of items which meet the approval of the editors, including submissions, contributions, and links to content on other websites. The editors are open to new ideas and first-time submitters are always welcome.

When we publish:  Submissions are accepted for review on a rolling basis, though publishing to the new website will occur on a schedule. For the moment, the editors anticipate releasing new material at least every four months.

Archival History News is NOT a peer-reviewed journal:  An author who submits works for publication should expect to have their work(s) reviewed and proofread by the editors, which may include blind review by outside editorial consultants, depending on the complexity of the topic or languages involved. Some submissions may be readied for publication with little or no editorial intervention, while others may be rejected outright. An author whose work needs editorial help or receives notice of rejection will receive an explanation from the editors in a timely manner (no more than 45 days from submission).

While authors should submit works not otherwise published elsewhere, there is no obligation on accepted authors of Archival History News to regard their submissions as the exclusive property of Archival History News. However, authors should cite Archival History News in later re-use of materials when it substantially replicates content published in Archival History News.

Accepted Formats:  Documents may be submitted in three formats: Word documents, MAC Book documents, and editable PDFs.  Digital images should be submitted as JPEGs.

Style:  Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred means of citation.  The main body of text should be 12 pt. Calibri with endnotes in 10 pt. Calibri.

Please send contributions to ArchivalHistoryNews@gmail.com


SAA Human Rights Archives Section Newsletter

Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and human rights. For the September newsletter, please send you submission by September 22, 2017.

Call for Editor: Archival History Section Newsletter

As I’ve developed this blog, I’ve wavered about including calls and information about newsletters. My purpose in starting this blog is to promote and help with scholarship, so I generally do not incorporate archival newsletters. I’m posting this call (from A&A listserv) because a newsletter editor can develop skills and is a good way to start engaging in publishing.


Dear colleagues:

SAA’s Archival History Section (AHS) is looking for an editor, or two, to help relaunch a newsletter for AHS members and other interested parties.

Founded in 1986 as the Archival History Roundtable, the AHS advocates for and promotes an understanding of the history of the American archival profession. Inspired by the work of other SAA sections (see, for example, the Lone Arrangers Quarterly Newsletter, https://lonearrangers.wordpress.com/about/), this digital newsletter will function as a dynamic space to keep members informed and up-to-date about people, activities, and events of importance to the history of our profession.

The newsletter editor will be appointed to a 2-year term. In partnership with the AHS steering committee (which is working to formalize the editorial structure), the editor’s duties will include:

  • Setting up an online presence for the newsletter via WordPress.com
  • Determining a publication schedule for the newsletter
  • Identifying content appropriate for the newsletter (i.e. news and announcements, feature articles, updates and photos of AHS activities, information about upcoming conferences and publication opportunities, member recognition, obituaries and oral histories).
  • Editing and proofreading content
  • Creating a marketing and social media strategy for the newsletter
  • Joining monthly AHS steering committee calls when needed to provide updates on progress with the newsletter
  • Work with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee libraries to ensure that the content of the newsletter is archived with the SAA archives on a regular basis.

Interested parties should respond with a one-page cover letter describing interest in the position, including how you would encourage original content and collect pre-existing content from a variety of online and print sources in order to build a cadre of authors to sustain the newsletter.  Also, indicate the amount of time you could devote each week to sustaining the newsletter over the next two years.

Please send all expressions of interest, or requests for additional information, to Eric Stoykovich, AHS Chair, EricStoykovich@gmail.com, by March 31.