Conference: “International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA 6),” Austin, Texas, USA, August 2-4, 2012

International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA 6)

“Exploring Shared Heritage in the History of Archives with Libraries, Information Science/Documentation, Preservation/Conservation, and Museums”
Austin, Texas, USA
August 2-4, 2012

Early bird registration ends July 1, 2012

Further information:

Twenty-first century archivists and librarians, information scientists and documentalists, preservation administrators and conservators, and museum professionals share a common rich enterprise of managing information. Yet the fields of each through time have included work that others stake as their province. Consequently through the centuries this shared heritage often has been honored in rivalry grounded:

  • in the different purposes archivists and librarians, museum curators and administrators, information scientists and documentalists, and preservation administrators and conservators have claimed as their work
  • in the different traditions of practice grown up to deliver the special contribution of each field to society
  • in the education appropriate to practicing in each tradition

The papers gathered for this sixth ICHORA meeting address these questions and contextualize them by including a strong set of archival history papers. We anticipate a rich opportunity for scholarly discussion around the papers and the opportunities offered by our venues.

Abstracts of papers to be presented are now available:


Meeting location and local archives: Most of the paper sessions will be held in the Prothro Theater in the Harry Ransom Center, home of a world-class archives of literature and publishing. Attendees will be hosted at a reception with tours at the Briscoe Center for American History, known for its broad holdings of historical manuscripts pertaining to the history of the United States. Other significant archival institutions exist on campus (the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Benson Center for Latin American History, the Alexander Architectural Archives) and all are prepared to welcome researchers who may have a few additional days to spend in Austin. All of these institutions can be reached through their websites, all of which are listed at:


This list does not exhaust the archival wealth of Austin, which is also the home of the Texas State Library and Archives, the Austin History Center (the city archives), the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Presbyterian Archives, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, to name a few within easy reach of the campus.

Registration rates:

Full Registration (Early Bird until July 1, 2012): US $200
Full Registration: US $250
Student Registration: US $100
Day Registration: US $100

Dinner only (for banquet guests; must accompany a participant in the conference and should be included in a participant’s

registration): US $55

To register by credit card see


Professor Patricia Galloway
School of Information
University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe, Suite 5.202
Austin, Texas 78701-1213