Archival History Section

Photograph of Washington, D.C. School Students Looking at an Exhibit in the National Archives Building, 1954

The roundtable stimulates interest among archivists in the profession's own past and suggests ways of studying its history. Please find the roundtable's bylaws here.

Recent News & Announcements

Meet the candidates running for the 2018-2019 Archival History Section Steering Committee.The election will take place online in early July. Three Steering Committee members will be elected to a one-year term. The vice chair/chair-elect serves for two years (one year as vice chair, and one year as chair). Current Vice Chair Alex Poole will become AHS Chair at the close of the AHS annual meeting in August.
Check out the Spring 2018 issue of Archival History News! In this issue, read about "What's New in Ancient Archives" or "Repatriating the American Archive in the Antebellum U.S." Consider "the intersection of Plath studies and archival studies" with a review of These Ghostly Archives. Don't miss the chance to see what's new with the 15th anniversary of iCHORA or take a moment to peruse the Archival History Timeline.
The Society of American Archivists Archival History Section (AHS) is seeking candidates for four open positions: Section vice chair/chair-elect and Three steering committee members
The Archival History Section is seeking nominations for the 2018 Archival History Article Award. This prize rewards an article or other short piece of superior excellence in the field of archival history, regardless of subject, time period, or national boundaries published in English in 2017. A certificate and $50.00 will be awarded to the winner in August at the AHS meeting at SAA 2018. Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2018.
The Archival History Section seeks an editor(s) to assist in the production of Archival History News ( The newsletter Editor(s) will be appointed to a one-year term, beginning as early as May 2018 through August 2019.
Outgoing AHS Chair Eric Stoykovich has a fascinating article, "Public Records in War: Toward an Archival History of the American Civil War," in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of The American Archivist.
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