In addition to the national Society of American Archivists, there are many regional archival associations which are very accesible and cheap to join. For students in the Midwest, the most notable are the Chicago Area Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference. For a full list of regional archives associations across the country, see the SAA’s directory.

There are a number of archives repositories in the Champaign-Urbana area. A few include the University Archives, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, and the Champaign County Historical Archives. A list of archives in the Chicago-land area can be found on the Chicago Area Archivists’ site. A non-exclusive list of archives across the nation and around the world can be found on Terry Abraham’s webpage.

There is a wealth of information and communication forums about archives on the Internet. This list is not all-inclusive and students are encouraged to submit resources they find to our Moodle space for everyone to share. A few of the best include:

1) The SAA listservs (open to the public)

2) Archival Blogs – A frequently updated list of archives blogs from around the world.

3) ArchivesBlogs – A syndicated blog that draws on many different archival blogs and puts them together in a single blog.

4) UNESCO’s Archives Portal

5) The International Council on Archives

Finally, it is a very good idea to try to stay current with the archives literature. You have access to most of these journals through the Library’s Online Reference Resources page:

1) American Archivist – the peer-reviewed journal of the national SAA

2) Archival Issues – the journal of the Midwest Archives Conference

3) Libraries and the Cultural Record – a peer-reviewed journal on library history that increasingly seeks to incorporate archival history and museum history into its mandate

4) RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – the journal of the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section, Association for College and Research Libraries, American Library Association

5) Archival science – An international peer-reviewed journal out of the Netherlands whose mission is to “promot[e] the development of archival science as an autonomous scientific discipline, targeting primarily on researchers and educators in archival science, and secondarily on everyone else who is professionally interested in recorded information. The scope of the journal is the whole field of recorded process-related information, analysed in terms of form, structure and context.”

6) Journal of Archival Organization – Which is “an international journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials…The journal places emphasis on emerging technologies, applications, and standards that range from Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and methods of organizing archival collections for access on the World Wide Web to issues connected with the digitization and display of archival materials”

7) Archivaria – The journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – this journal is also completely free on the Internet, found here)

8 Journal of the Society of Archivists – The Journal of the U.K. Society of Archivists

9) Archives & Manuscripts – the Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists

10) Records Management Quarterly – The journal of the American Records Management Association

11) International Council on Archives’ publications – Various over the years. Many full-text available online

12) Unesco Journal of Information Science, Librarianship and Archives Administration

– Feel free to suggest further resources on the Moodle page.


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