Spring/Summer Issue of American Archivist Online


Issue 83.1 features Emily Larson’s 2019 Theodore Calvin Pease Award-winning article “Big Questions: Digital Preservation of Big Data in Government,” articles on privacy and access by Jessica Holden and Ana Roeschley, digital curation in museum archives by Peter Botticelli, renaming geographical sites by Veronica Ehrenreich-Risner, and nine book reviews—including Bartosz Nowożycki’s Polish-language monograph, Archival Theory and Practice in the USA—along with a review essay by Ed Summers on archiving the web.

On the issue’s cover are students at San José State College’s Survival Faire in 1970, an event that predated Earth Day and called for creating a more sustainable lifestyle. Although the masks worn by these students improbably echo the masked times of the COVID-19 pandemic, these students were calling attention to the negative health effects of smog. The impetus for the Survival Faire was the beginning of an ecology movement that continues to the present day. Carli Lowe discusses the evolution of and opportunities for more ecologically sound archival practice in “Partnering Preservation with Sustainability.” Browse the table of contents for more great reads!

Note: This issue of American Archivist will have a limited print run. SAA, like many other organizations, is experiencing budgetary and logistical challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To best navigate this time, print copies of this issue will be distributed only to sustaining members and subscribers who have opted for print only. This is not a permanent change. However, if you prefer to help us reduce our carbon footprint by receiving only digital versions in the future, you can easily do so within your SAA profile. Simply log in, click “Edit My Profile” in the left column, scroll down to “Communications and Mailing Preference,” and click “opt out” of the journal and/or magazine.

All issues of American Archivist are open access through August 15. In addition, a new journal website that will improve your digital experience will launch in July. Among its enhancements are a Mobile-responsive web design, optional split-screen reading experience, suggested articles based on browser history and saved searches, and alerts and notifications. Stay tuned for details!

American Archivist 83.1 (Spring/Summer 2020)

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