Call for Papers

The Primary Source, journal of the Society of Mississippi Archivists, is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to supporting the work and research of archivists, librarians, and historians in Mississippi, but also welcomes papers from archivists, librarians, and historians outside of Mississippi.

The April 2021 issue will be a special edition focusing on archival work during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two sections. The first section will be for peer-reviewed articles, on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following topics in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Archives management (staff and resource management; designing, implementing and managing long- and short-term processing projects, etc)
  • Innovative processing techniques and procedures
  • Innovative approaches to reference and instruction and providing access
  • Community outreach
  • Activities and projects related to social justice in the archives (Promoting Inclusion in the Archival Profession; Seeking, Collecting, and Promoting Collections from Marginalized Groups; Developing Collection Policies that Promote Inclusion; Including Marginalized Histories in Instruction; Creating Anti-Racist Descriptive Practices; Celebrating Cultural Histories of Marginalized Communities; Researching Marginalized Communities or Social Justice Topics
  • Exhibit design and implementation (digital and non-digital)
  • Reviews of books of interest to archivists, librarians and historians.

Articles submitted for peer review should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and formatted in Chicago style.

The second section will be for informal personal reflections on pandemic experiences, limited to 500 words each.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2021

Publication Date: April 15, 2021

To submit a paper, please visit the journal website:

Personal reminisces may be sent to

Please contact the editor, Jennifer McGillan ( if you have any questions/concerns.

Primary Source web address: