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 Archival History Section is pleased to announce the slate of candidates running for election for Vice Chair and Steering Committee. The 2017 online election will take place in early July. AHS members will elect one individual to a one-year term as Vice chair; the Vice chair will subsequently serve as AHS Chair for 2018-2019. Three Steering Committee members will be elected to a one-year term. Current Vice Chair Kelly A. Kolar (Middle Tennessee State University) will become AHS Chair at the close of the AHS annual meeting in July.
The Archival History Section seeks an editor--or two!--to help relaunch a newsletter for AHS members and other interested parties. See full post for details.
Between 1987 and 2000, the Archival History Roundtable published newsletters. On January 19, 2017, based on the recommendations of the Publications Working Group, the Archival History Section's steering committee PASSED two proposals: (1) to create an Archival History Newsletter and (2) to use WordPress as the main platform for the newsletter. Look for a call for editorial support.
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