Grimsley to Edit Scholarly Journal Serving Georgia Archivists

The Society of Georgia Archivists has appointed Columbus State University Archivist Reagan L. Grimsley as editor of Provenance, the organizations scholarly journal.

Grimsley will oversee the management and publication of the annual journal from 2006 through 2009. He will work with an editorial staff of four and a nine-member board of editors to produce the annual journal that primarily publishes scholarship about theory and practice in the archival field.

The contents of Provenance are an important contribution to the archival field, and my first goal will be to maintain the high standards set by previous editors, said Grimsley, an associate professor of library science at CSU. I am fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team of four editors working with me who are committed to the mission of the journal and the organization as a whole.

Before joining CSU in 2001, Grimsley served as special collections librarian at Pikeville College (Ky.). He authored the 2004 image-based work Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards, as well as articles in both archival and historical publications.

Grimsley also currently serves as an executive board member of the Georgia Association of Historians and on the board of trustees for Historic Westville, Inc. He holds a bachelors degree in history, and masters degrees in history and library and information science, all from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is pursuing his doctorate in history at Georgia State University.

In 1972, Georgia Archive, now Provenance, became the first professional archival journal published by a state or regional organization. The Society of American Archivists gave the publication an award of merit in 1975. Today, Provenance is published annually and circulated internationally to more than 300 members including libraries, universities and historical societies.

The Academy of Certified Archivists Handbook lists the publication as one of four essential archival journals with which practicing professionals in the field should be familiar.

Recent issues of the journal have included such topics as archival education; electronic records; automation; imaging; appraisal of university records; moving archives; management of audiovisual, photograph, oral history and map materials; military archives; documentary editing; research use of archives; case studies in appraising congressional papers; ethics; and descriptive standards.

For more information on the Society of Georgia Archivists, visit the Web site at www.soga.org. Detailed information about Provenance, such as submission and subscription information, is provided on the site as well.