Archival Issues
The Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference

Archival Issues

Archival Issues is published twice each year and has an international readership. The journal is one of the premier outlets for archival literature, and its scope extends well beyond the Midwest.

The Editorial Board of the Midwest Archives Conference strives to publish articles that will interest and educate a broad range of information professionals. Acceptable topics for articles cover the full range of archival activity. The journal also publishes reviews of  current books on archival theory and practice.

Although Archival Issues publishes contributions from well-established professionals, the Editorial Board particularly encourages submissions from archivists who have not published previously. Editorial Board reviews of articles are conducted in a blind review process, and authors are usually informed of publication decisions within six weeks.

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Direct subscriptions to Archival Issues are most appropriate for libraries and out-of-region archivists. Subscriptions include no other benefits of MAC membership and are print-based only.     

Subscription rates for Archival Issues (issn 1067-4993)

US individual subscribers 
     $45 for print subscription

US institutional subscribers 
     $90 for print subscription 

Canadian (individual or institutional) subscribers
     $100 for print subscription (delivered in envelope)

All other international subscribers
    $110 for print subscription (delivered in envelope)

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Access to back Archival Issues

Archival Issues is available digitally through Iowa State University’s Digital Press ( This online version of the journal is open access and includes past issues of Archival Issues (1992– ) and its predecessor, The Midwestern Archivist (1976–1991). Beginning with volume 40, issue 2, articles published in Archival Issues have been assigned a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license that will allow us to provide immediate online access to new issues of the journal without an embargo period. A full run of Archival Issues, except the three most recent volumes, is also available to JSTOR subscribers (

You may also access back issues of Archival Issues via the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Institutional Repository ( An index to volumes 9-26 (1984-2001) is also available through the repository:

Archival Issues, Index Volumes 9-21 (1984-1996)

Archival Issues, Index Volumes 22-26 (1997-2001)


If you have an idea for a submission, please contact Editorial Board Chair Brandon T. Pieczko by email at: [email protected].

Submissions must conform to the MAC Style Guide (pdf).

Books and other publications for review should be sent to the Reviews Editor:

Nicholas A. Pavlik
Curator of Manuscripts/Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships
Bowling Green State University
[email protected].

The journal accepts paid advertisements. Advertisers should contact the MAC Vendor Coordinator for information on rates.

Author Awards

Margaret Cross Norton Award
The Margaret Cross Norton Award is given to the author of what is judged to be the best article published in the previous two years of Archival Issues. It is presented in odd numbered years.

New Author Award
To underscore its commitment to new authors, and journal presents its New Author Award to the best article published in the journal in the past two years written by a previously unpublished author. The award is for $250, and is presented in even numbered years.

Author Name Change Requests

The Midwest Archives Conference is committed to responding to requests for author name changes with as few barriers as possible. Name changes are available to authors upon request, with no legal documentation required. In cases where authors wish to change their name for any reason following publication in Archival Issues, the Midwest Archives Conference will update all digitally published content, metadata, and associated records under our control to reflect the requested name change. To protect authors’ privacy, we will not issue a notice of correction for the name change or notify co-authors or editors. Please note that changes to printed copies of Archival Issues or digital versions of content disseminated via institutional repositories or other external platforms are beyond our control.

Authors who wish to update or change their name as previously published in Archival Issues should contact Brandon Pieczko, Archival Issues Editorial Board Chair, at [email protected]. Requests will be addressed as quickly as possible in a respectful and confidential manner.

The Midwest Archives Conference is committed to collaborating with other groups to support systemic changes to ensure name changes are fully supported in academic publishing. To that end, we encourage all contributors to Archival Issues to utilize open systems like ORCiD which allow authors, researchers, and scholars to create profiles with associated unique, persistent identifiers independent of their legal names and/or institutional affiliations.