Archival History Section

Elsie Freeman Finch receiving an award from Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads, May 12, 1977.  Join us at SAA AHS in DC August 16 at 4:15 to learn more during our panel: “Guide to Navigation in Perilous Times: Journeys through Archival History and Historiography” (Photo courtesy of Alex Poole, from the National Archives of the United States)

Elsie Freeman Finch receiving an award from Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads, May 12, 1977.  (Photo courtesy of Alex Poole, from the National Archives of the United States)

Join us at SAA AHS in DC August 16 at 4:15 to learn more during our panel: “Guide to Navigation in Perilous Times: Journeys through Archival History and Historiography”


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

Recent News & Announcements

The AHS Award Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Kennedy Grimsted's chapter "Pan-European Displaced Archives in the Russian Federation: Still Prisoners of War on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day" for the inaugural Archival History Article Award. Click her to view a copy of this excellent work.
The Archival History Section Steering Committee is excited to announce the schedule for the AHS meeting in DC on Thursday August 16, 4:15 – 5:30 pm. The Archival History Section will include an update on Archival History News, the awarding of the inaugural Archival History Article Award, and a panel and discussion: “Guide to Navigation in Perilous Times: Journeys through Archival History and Historiography” with presentations Drs. Alex H. Poole (Drexel University) and Ciaran B. Trace (The University of Texas at Austin).
These suggested readings are intended to complement and enhance the Archival History Section panel presentation, “A Guide to Navigation in Perilous Times: Journeys through Archival History and Historiography” by Dr. Alex H. Poole and Dr. Ciaran B. Trace.
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 (https://archivalhistorynews.wordpress.com/). The newsletter Editor(s) will be appointed to a one-year term, beginning as early as May 2018 through August 2019.
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