Call for Presentations: Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises
Bringing archivists and financial historians together.
Proposals due November 1, 2016
May 11-12, 2017 | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
This conference, co-sponsored by the European Association of Banking and Financial History (eabh) and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, provides archivists and historians the opportunity to discover unique materials held in bank archives, explore the current state of archival work, and gain insights into how scholars use these collections. This is the first time eabh has hosted a conference in the United States.
Confirmed speakers for economic historians include Harold James (Princeton and IMF), Gary Richardson (University of California-Irvine) and Eugene White (Rutgers). For the archivists and librarians, confirmed speakers include Laura Linard (Harvard’s Baker Library), Chris Freeland (Washington University and Documenting the Now), and Jefferson Bailey (Internet Archive).
Please send submissions for presentation (a short CV and an abstract of around 500 words) or archives showcase (a brief abstract of around 100 words) no later than November 1, 2016 to [log in to unmask].
Day 1: Thursday, 11 May 2017
This workshop aims to bring together archivists in central banks, commercial banks, and other financial institutions to discuss innovations in the field. The workshop will focus on two areas of innovation in archival practice.
1. What new tools are archivists using to acquire and appraise materials and make their collections available?
2. What new forms of materials are archivists collecting, and what unique challenges do such materials pose? In particular, did the most recent financial crisis present new challenges or opportunities for archivists?
The workshop will also feature an “archives showcase” in which archivists will present underused or undiscovered materials in their collections. In particular, the workshop will focus on materials highlighting the work of central banks or banking institutions during financial crises and potential sources for new research. The conference organizers look forward to receiving submissions by archivists at financial and public institutions on these questions.
Day 2: Friday, 12 May 2017
Policymakers, bankers, and monetary authorities are often required to develop innovative or unconventional solutions when faced with new problems, particularly during financial crises. For example, the Federal Reserve responded to the financial crisis of 2007-09 with several new programs to address various aspects of the crisis. The conference organizers are seeking presentations of original research using bank or central bank archives in the study of crises—particularly, the innovative or unconventional responses of banks and policymakers to crises. However, submissions on other aspects of crises or banking are also welcome.