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Past and Present Supplement: Social History of Archives

A new volume of essays on recordkeeping, based on the 2015 Transforming Information conference, has been published. The essays form a special issue of the journal Past and Present. The volume is edited by Alexandra Walsham and Liesbeth Corens.

SPECIAL: For the first three months after publication (until February 2017), the entire volume will be available at no cost online. For access and further information, please go to:

Society of American Archivists fellowships: deadline approaching

The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2017.

The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.

For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit:

Summer course on archival history, July 2017

From July 2 to July 15, 2017, Randy Head will convene a summer institute on the ‘New archival histories: Early modern Europe and beyond’ at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The course is designed for advanced PhD students. A call for applications is expected in November, with an application deadline in February 2017.

Key themes will include: material approaches to European archives; institutional archives and the transmission to the present; archival practice and legal practice; cultural images of the archive; and global archivalities.

The instructional staff is still under development. Updates to follow!

Participants will take part in a daily morning seminar, followed by afternoons free for reading, discussion, and work in the Herzog August Bibliothek’s superb collections of manusripts and early printed material.

Stay tuneD!

Conference CfP and Announcement: The Politics of Paper

Our colleague Megan Williams (University of Groningen) is organizing a fascinating conference on “The Politics of Paper in the Early Modern World,” to take place June 9-10, 2016. She has already recruited a number of distinguished plenary speakers, and is eager for proposals for papers (approximately 20 minutes). The call for papers and conference poster are attached!

Proposal abstracts should reach Megan by 29 January, 2016!



Vacancy, Professor of Archival Studies, Amsterdam

At the request of Prof. Emeritus Eric Ketelaar, I am pleased to announce the following position opening in the field of Archival Studies:

Job description

Professor of Archival Studies (Archiefwetenschap)

Archival Studies at the UvA treats the records continuum from a non-custodial and de-institutionalized point of view, and as a discipline encompasses all phases of archivalism and archiving: from the conscious or unconscious decisions to archive material, through records creation, records use and records selection, including the study of the archive as cultural heritage. Social practice is the point of departure rather than formal organization, and the focus is on balancing societal interests rather than institutional ones.

Archival Studies at the UvA is the only academic programme in the Netherlands that leads to the official diploma of archivist (‘Archivaris A’).

The professor of archival Studies has a broad view of the domain as a whole, is comfortable with an interdisciplinary approach, and has specialised expertise in a relevant sub-domain. The candidate has the ability to identify links between his/her own field and other research areas and study programmes in the field of media and information at the Faculty, such as information studies, new media and digital culture, digital humanities, journalism, etc. In doing so, he/she is able to actively contribute to the continuation, development and advancement of archival studies both within and beyond the Faculty network, as well as at a national and international level. The candidate also has a successful academic track record and reputation, and possesses demonstrable leadership and administrative qualities, which can be used both within and outside of the capacity group.


  • A PhD in archival studies or a related field;
  • an international reputation in the field of archival studies;
  • an excellent academic publication record;
  • research matching one of the Faculty’s research priority areas;
  • an experienced and enthusiastic teacher on all levels of academic training;
  • experience in developing new teaching programs;
  • a proven track record of acquiring external research funding;
  • experience in the supervision of PhD-tracks;
  • an extensive national and international network with other academic and cultural institutions;
  • the ability to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the department;
  • proven management and leadership qualities.

Please also check the document Information for prospective Chairs attached below.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be permanent. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2, between €5,103 and €7,431 gross per month (€71,217 – €103,707 per annum, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment) on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language, history, and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutions in the capital city. Almost 1,000 employees are affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students. The Faculty of Humanities consists of eight departments.

Additional information

For further details, interested parties should contact:

INVENT.Arq conference in Lisbon, February 2015

The INVENT.Arq project (Maria de Lurdes Rosa, PI, Universidade Nova, Lisbon) held a public conference and workshop at the ANTT Torre do Tombo national archive on February 9, 2015. Further information at

INVENT.Arq brought together a project to create inventories and descriptive tools for Portuguese noble archives from the 15th to 19th centuries with discussions among scholars of archive and archival theories. Presentations by Prof. Saul Gomes (Coimbra), Josef Morsel (Paris) and Randy Head (Riverside) accompanied rich presentations on individual cases. An exhibition and catalog will be produced this year in e-book form.

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2014

The conference includes two panels addressing the comparative history of archives (#211 and #236), organized by Randy Head with assistance from Scott Taylor.

Here are the details!

211. Comparative Archival Histories in the Early Modern World I: The State in the Archive ACP, Bourbon

Organizer: Randolph C. Head, University of California, Riverside

Chair: Megan Williams, University of Groningen

Financial Regularization, State Formation and Archival Disarray: The Lille Chambre des Comptes and Its Archive, 1473–1667

Ron Makleff (University of California, Berkeley)

The Uses of Archival Management in Axel Oxenstierna’s Statecraft

Erik Thomson (University of Manitoba)

Creating a Site of State Memory: The Dépôt de la Guerre

Robert Fulton (Northern Illinois University)

 236. Comparative Archival Histories in the Early Modern World II: Meaningful Spaces

ACP, Bourbon

Organizers: Randolph C. Head, University of California, Riverside, and Scott K. Taylor, University of Kentucky

Chair: Charles D. Gunnoe, Aquinas College

Defining the Contours of European Archivality from von Ramingen to Mabillon: The Conundrum of Proof and Information

Randolph C. Head (University of California, Riverside)

Rat-Traps in the Registratur: the Material Furnishings of an Early Modern Habsburg Chancellery Archive

Megan Williams (University of Groningen)

Das Frauenzimmer vs. the Harem: Gender and Practices of Power at the Early Modern Court in Germany and Persia

Regine Maritz (University of Cambridge)