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

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.
For American Archives Month, Eric Stoykovich, Chair of Archival History Section, attended the Archives Fair at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Among the items handed out were limited edition paper versions of a select "Bibliography of American Archival History."
The Archival History Section is compiling a bibliography on the history of the world’s archives. We are seeking citations for publications about or by archives published on 1898 or earlier. Please view our current bibliography here: https://goo.gl/VsrBZK.
The AHRT annual meeting will include announcement of election results; updates on roundtable activities, including a possible AHRT publication; and 3 presentations on the history of Southern archives.
This guide includes suggested readings on the history of southern archives.
The AHRT candidate descriptions for the 2016-2017 election are now available.
The Archival History Roundtable is pleased to solicit nominations for four open positions.
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