Assistance, please: sources in archives and special collections literature?

I’ve got a project in the offing for which I need to conduct some comprehensive literature reviews. I think I’m familiar with the journals that cover archives, but I am less confident about the sources for special collections. I also, of course, may be forgetting something obvious. So I once again ask for your assistance. In addition to the list below, what other journals (or publications or conferences or online sources) should I be looking at? (This review will address only developments in the U.S., so although I’m not limiting myself to sources published in the U.S. I do want to focus on sources which will have authors from the U.S.)


  • The American Archivist
  • Archivaria
  • Journal of Archival Organization
  • Archival Science
  • Archival Issues
  • Archival Outlook
  • College and Research Libraries
  • College and Research Libraries News
  • RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

Online Publications

Conferences (primarily looking for those for which presentation materials may be available online or for which proceedings are published):

  • SAA Annual Meeting
  • RBMS Preconference
  • ACA Annual Meetings
  • Museums and the Web (I’ve seen some presentations on archives topics there)

I know there must be others. Any suggestions?


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16 thoughts on “Assistance, please: sources in archives and special collections literature?”

  1. You’ll also want to look at, depending on topic in question:

    Journal of Academic Librarianship

    Libraries & Culture / Libraries & The Cultural Record

    Studies in Bibliography

    Portal: Libraries and the Academy

    The Library

    Library History

    Technical Services Quarterly

    Code4Lib Journal

    The New Review of Academic Librarianship

    And, of course, the Chronicle of Higher Ed. 🙂

  2. Information and Culture (formerly Libraries and the Cultural Record):

    It more like a history of information broadly construed, but there have been a number of archives and special collections specific articles (including two I wrote!). The always awesome David Gracy used to edit it.

  3. ARSC Journal, the journal of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, has the occasional relevant article.

  4. Archives and Manuscripts (The Australian Society of Archivists journal)
    Archives and Records (The Journal of the Archies and Records Association (UK))
    Information, Communication, and Society (only one issue that I know of)
    American Indian Quarterly
    The various state historical society journals
    Comma (ICA journal)

  5. Thanks, Kim. I am looking for primarily sources written by Americans or about developments in the U.S. I included Archivaria in my list because I know that Americans do publish there from time to time. Is the same true of the other international journals?

  6. I am not sure about ICA’s Comma, but Information, Communication & Society did have an issue with archives content that involved American authors (me and two others). Archives & Manuscripts periodically features American authors as does the UK journal. I assumed Comma would work since ICA has American members and a North American section.

  7. OCLC Research publishes reports relating to archives on a fairly regular basis, such as our current ongoing series on born digital, past ones on EAD, use of cameras in the reading room, our surveys of spcoll/archives in research libraries, scaling up digitization, much else. Reports, not articles, and practical rather than “thought” pieces. All available (and much more) here:

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