Theodore Calvin Pease Award: Paige Hohmann

Paige Hohmann, a student in the dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies degree program at the University of British Columbia, is the 2015 recipient of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award. The award recognizes superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.

Dr. Luciana Duranti of the University of British Columbia nominated Hohmann’s paper, “On Impartiality and Interrelatedness: Reactions to the Jenkinsonian Appraisal in the Twentieth Century.” Hohmann’s paper deconstructs the arguments of Sir Hilary Jenkinson, a British archivist and archival theorist, as well as the arguments of Jenkinson’s critics.

In her nomination, Duranti wrote, “The most outstanding characteristic of this paper is the subject matter. These days rarely archival students focus on theoretical issues, on traditional writers, and on decades-old discussions. The wish to revisit an issue that has been put away a long time ago with a final sentence, to wonder whether what is by most considered fact is a misinterpretation of [Jenkinson’s] stance, and to identify reasons for embracing the points [Jenkinson] made are extraordinary goals for a first-year archival student.”         

The paper will be published in The American Archivist Volume 79, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2016). Established in 1987, the award is named for the first editor of The American Archivist.