Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CFP: St. Louis Federal Reserve and EABH Conference for Archivists and Historians

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the European Association of Banking and Financial History (EABH) will co-host a two-day conference on "Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises," to meet in at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank on May 11-12, 2017. According to the organizers, the conference
will bring together financial historians and archivists to learn from each other about innovations in archives and the use of bank and central bank archives in financial history research. Archivists will present innovations in archival work and undiscovered gems in their collections. Financial historians will present their research based on materials from commercial bank, government, and central bank archives. The conference will provide both archivists and historians the opportunity to learn about the unique materials held in central bank archives, the current state of archival work, and insights into how scholars use these collections.
The meeting will include a special "archives showcase" with brief presentations (5-7 minutes) given by archivists to highlight underused or undiscovered resources in their collections. The organizers seek presentations of about 15-20 minutes that will be of interest to both financial historians/ economists and archivists.

Please send paper proposals, including a short CV and an abstract of around 500 words, or archives showcase proposals (with a brief abstract of around 100 words) to c.hofmann@bankinghistory.org. The submission deadline is November 1, 2016. Readers should consult the conference website and the complete call for papers for more details.

Confirmed speakers to date include Harold James (Princeton & IMF Historian), Gary Richardson (UC Irvine & Federal Reserve System Historian), and Eugene White (Rutgers). On the archivist side, speakers will include Laura Linard (Harvard’s Baker Library), Chris Freeland (Washington University and "Documenting the Now"), and Jefferson Bailey (Director, Web Archiving, Internet Archive).