Our last issue in 2016, ominously titled Disasters, focused on “varying definitions, causes, and implications of DISASTER.” Many events (or disasters) have shaped the direction we plan on taking the publication in 2017.
As a Los Angeles based collective, this year we’re looking to branch out of our surroundings and be more inclusive of the diverse people, voices, and experiences that make up the archival community as well as the communities we serve. Each issue of Acid Free will continue to focus on archives and archivists as they relate to a theme, and we especially welcome contributions that extend beyond current conversations in the field.
Our AWARDS issue examines the ways in which our archival lives intersect with awards in a year already rife with questions about who (would have) won, what, and why. Oftentimes in the archives, we find that what is more interesting than a trophy and its winner are material concerns of what an award is made of, the story behind the garment a winner wore, or what the winning entry tastes like. But also, what role do awards play in building or highlighting our collections, and how do our archives, our sense of history and memory, contribute to who is recognized at award ceremonies?
We hope you enjoy this issue, and we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.