Archives and Manuscripts is the professional and scholarly journal of the Australian Society of Archivists Inc., publishing articles, reviews, and information about the theory and practice of archives and recordkeeping in Australasia and around the world. Its target audiences are archivists and other recordkeeping professionals, the academic community, and all involved in the study and interpretation of archives.
A&M is the leading peer-reviewed archival journal published in the Australasian region and has been published continuously since 1955. It started life as the journal of the Archives Section of the Library Association of Australia (now ALIA). In the early 1970s, the impending demise of Archives and Manuscripts was one of the contributing factors for the establishment of an independent archives association - the Australian Society of Archives. In 1975, at the Library Association of Australia Conference in Melbourne, the Archives Section was formally dissolved and A&M was transferred to the new society.
Over the past 57 years, A&M has published hundreds of articles by archival and recordkeeping academics, researchers, practitioners, students and theorists. In recent years, the journal has published articles on:
- developments in Web 2.0 and the impact of these technologies on archival and recordkeeping work
- developments in archival data visualisation
- developments in metadata and electronic recordkeeping systems
- the management of emails as electronic records
- audio-visual archives in Australia
- the history of recordkeeping formats
- the role of archives and records in Aboriginal communities
- personal recordkeeping and literary archives
- the application of records continnum theory to emerging social media
- developments and case studies in recordkeeping in the Asia-Pacific region
- the community records of marginalised groups in society
- reflections on records of European colonial activity in Australia prior to the arrival of the British
- the implications of collections sector convergence for archives
- developments in other archival jurisdictions around the world including South Africa, Sweden and Canada
Archives and Manuscripts is published three times per year, in March, July and November. From 2012, all issues of the journal are now published in print and online. All back issues of the journal will be digitised in the near future.