American Archivist Reviews

From the Reviews Editor  

Thank you for visiting the home of American Archivist Reviews! You will find that this website changes frequently, hosting new content in Archival Technologies and Resources and in Reviews. We use this portal to provide reviews—written by you or by the Portal Coordinator—that highlight some of the characteristics of websites, digital collections, or technologies that have an impact on our profession. We also use this portal to provide more immediate access to reviews that will appear in American Archivist. Finally, we want to be aware of publications from our membership, and invite you to contact us to add your publication to our list. 

We invite you to contribute to the following areas:

We look forward to working with you on your contributions to this site!

Stephanie Luke and Rose Buchanan, Reviews Editors 


Archival Technologies and Resources: Find a list of websites useful for archivists working with digital archival materials.

Reviews: Find full reviews written specifically for the web-presence of The American Archivist Reviews.  

Reviewed in American Archivist: This online presence provides access to forthcoming reviews prior to their publication in the biannual journal. 

Written by Our Members: We are returning to a former tradition in American Archivist by allowing you to browse a list of books published by members. To this, we'll add the opportunity to explore exhibits mounted by colleagues, consider the value of software in use, and evaluate journals that may be of use.


These Reviews complement the textual reviews found in The American Archivist. Specifically, the Reviews Portal is envisioned as an extension of the reviews section found in the journal, but with a more specific focus: digital (and digitized) archival content, technologies, and related resources.

The content found here primarily consists of shorter reviews (500 to 750 words) than those found in the journal, and focuses on digital and digitized archival content and the technologies used in that capacity. For a specific set of guidelines on how to write a review, please see How to Write a Web Review.

If you are interested in writing a review for the Reviews Portal, please contact the Reviews Editors Rose Buchanan and Stephanie Luke. Also, see Archival Technologies and Resources for a list of technologies, resources, and digital archives and project to review.

Our latest review explores AVCC, an open-source, web-based tool from AVPreserve that is designed to help archivists begin cataloging and assessing their audiovisual collections.


Reviewed by Allyson Smally


Other Reviews:

Richard Pryor's Peoria

Reviewed by Emily Vinson


Oral History Metadata Synchronizer

Reviewed by Erin Lawrimore

Reviewed by Alexis A. Antracoli


Histories of the National Mall

Reviewed by Michael Karabinos


A Tale of Two Plantations

Reviewed by April P. Akins


Women's World in Qajar Iran

Reviewed by Sean McConnell



Reviewed by Chad Conrady


Bexar Archives Online

Reviewed by Rosemary K. J. Davis



Reviewed by Eira Tansey



Reviewed by Brad Houston


Founders Online

Reviewed by Ellen Eckert


Open Library

Reviewed by Samantha Cross


The Internet Archive Companion

Reviewed by Leslie Wagner



Reviewed by Jillian M. Slater

Reviewed by Abigail Nye 


North Carolina Civil War Soldiers Timeline

Reviewed by Rebecca Russell 


Today's Document

Reviewed by Mary N.S. Richardson



Reviewed by Natalie Morath


Bamboo Dirt

Reviewed by Jay Gaidmore

Reviewed by Lauren Goodley



Reviewed by Abigail Nye


Persée Digital Library

Reviewed by Dillon M. Wackerman



Reviewed by Erin Lawrimore


Genius Scan and Genius Scan+

Reviewed by Maristella Feustle 


Provenance Special Issue on Advocacy

Reviewed by Kathy Marquis



Reviewed by Ashley Taylor



Reviewed by Suzanne Maggard


Gallica: Digital Library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Reviewed by Timothy R. Borbely


Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild

Reviewed by Alexandra Orchard



Reviewed by Elizabeth Pepper


Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

Reviewed by David M. Brown



Reviewed by Amy Nicole Roberson


Our Digital World

Reviewed by Elizabeth Pepper


Grateful Dead Archive Online

Reviewed by Lori Birrell


DIY History

Reviewed by Eric Wiley


Content, Context, and Capacity

Reviewed by Alexandra Orchard

Mapping Our Anzacs
Reviewed by Alexandra Orchard

dPlan™: The Online Disaster Planning Tool
Reviewed by Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

Organizing and Preserving Family and Religious Records:  A Step-by-Step Guide
Reviewed by Mary Beth Corrigan

Cataloguing Outside the Box: A Practical Guide to Cataloguing Special Collections Materials
Reviewed by Susan Hamburger

Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections
Reviewed by Ricky Erway

Archives, Metadata and Gaming: An Interesting Combination
Reviewed by Danna Bell-Russel

Reviewed in The American Archivist

Reviewed in The American Archivist


Vol. 78, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015)

Vol. 78, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Vol. 77, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014)

Vol. 77, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2014)

Vol. 76, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2013)

Vol. 76, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013)

Vol. 75, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2012)

Vol. 75, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2012)


Vol. 74, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2011)


Vol. 74, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2011)







Vol. 73, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2010) 


Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Here, you'll find shorter reviews for quick updates on resources that might be useful to you.

Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections by Ricky Erway

Archives, Metadata and Gaming: An Interesting Combination
Danna Bell-Russel

Written by Our Members

Have you authored a book, article, or review? Let us know! We are returning to a former tradition in The American Archivist by listing books, articles, or reviews authored by SAA members but published by other outlets. Here are some of the books recently written by SAA members.



Purchase Reviewed Monographs

To complement the book reviews found on this website, we'll also provide information about purchasing monographs found in our reviews. This includes links to the SAA Bookstore, as well as links to outside publishers.

Learn more about purchasing reviewed books.



Archival Technologies and Resources

Below you will find tools and resources for working with digital and digitized archival materials, including information on copyright and intellectual property, digital preservation and processes, and accessibility/findability. The tools listed aid in creating, working with, and promoting digital archival materials. The resources provide examples of digital archives as well as related literature pertinent to digital archives and the archival profession as a whole.

Some of these tools and resources have been reviewed on the Reviews Portal. These reviews may be accessed by selecting the "Review," link next to the item.

If you have a suggestion for a tool or resource that should be added to the list, or would like to write a review, please contact the Reviews Editors Stephanie Luke and Rose Buchanan.




Management Systems and Repositories

Services and Systems

Social Media

Tools and Software


Digital Archives and Projects

Guidelines and Best Practices

Journals, Articles, and Monographs