American Archivist Calls for Articles on Middle East and North African Archives

American Archivist Editorial Board members and guest editors Sumayya Ahmed (Simmons University School of Library and Information Science) and Rebecca Hankins (Texas A&M University Libraries) invite you to write an article or case study for a Special Section of the journal focusing on Middle East and North African (MENA) archives, broadly-defined.

Articles for this Special Section may cover records management, repositories, archival practices, the content of specific collections, or other topics which affect archival collections in the region. While articles are free to engage archival theory, in general they should discuss actual records and collections and not approach archives solely as metaphor. We hope that this Special Section will be a significant contribution to the professional literature and highlight the innovative practices and special content and contexts of MENA archives. Articles not originally in English may be considered if an English translation could be produced in a timely manner in conformation with article submission standards.

American Archivist is the peer-reviewed, semi-annual journal of the Society of American Archivists. Established in 1938, the journal seeks to reflect thinking about theoretical and practical developments in the archival profession; the relationships between archivists and the creators and users of archives; and cultural, social, legal, and technological developments that affect the nature of recorded information and the need to create and maintain it. 

Submissions are due February 1, 2023. Read the guidelines for articles and case studies and submit articles here. Submissions will undergo the journal’s peer review and editorial process. The Special Section is slated for publication in American Archivist 86.2 (Fall/Winter 2023). Contact the guest editors with questions at

Thank you for considering this invitation; we look forward to your submissions!

Sumayya Ahmed and Rebecca Hankins
Guest Editors, American Archivist 86.2