Archival History Section

Display at the reception area of the Nationaal Archief, Den Hague, the Netherlands, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Susan Tucker).

The section stimulates interest among archivists in the profession's own past and suggests ways of studying its history. Please find the section standing rules here at the following url:

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 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.
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