Call for Nominations: 2014 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014. 

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.” 

 (Please note that periodicals are not eligible.) 

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

One response to “Call for Nominations: 2014 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

  1. Peter J. Wosh’s book, Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession, offers the archives scholar a renewed perspective on the development of American archival practices. Wosh edited the book, which consists of a series of documents that relay the genesis of professional archival work in the United States from the perspective of Waldo Gifford Leland. Though never a practicing archivist himself, Leland encouraged such elemental archival tenets as respect de fonds and provenance, which he learned in France conducting work for the Carnegie Institution. Wosh’s introduction is a brief biography of Leland that begins with his family’s mid-nineteenth century roots in Newton, Massachusetts and ends with a discussion of his legacy since his death in 1966. The chapters are arranged chronologically, and each document or set of documents focuses on a major event or idea in the progression of American archival practice, including the inaugural conference of archivists in 1909, the movement to found a national archives, and the role of archivists in wartime. Wosh briefly introduces each chapter, providing context for the documents and describing their significance.

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