Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the 21st Century – Essays in Honor of Richard J. Cox, a new book edited by Jeannette A. Bastian (Simmons College) and Elizabeth Yakel (University of Michigan), was published by the Society of American Archivists in March 2020.
The book presents a mosaic of the research that represents the current state of archival science and introduces themes that will carry the profession into the future as a complex academic discipline. As the archival profession in the United States continues to evolve, Defining a Discipline honors one of its most prolific and influential thinkers and writers, Richard J. Cox, who retired from the profession in 2017 after a 45-year career.
The book is divided into four sections that address archival themes championed by Cox: accountability and evidence, ethics and education, archival history, and memory. Incisive essays pay tribute to Cox while interpreting these themes in ways that speak to the archival future, guiding readers toward an understanding of archival science as a discipline in its own right. Contributors include:
Defining a Discipline demonstrates the importance of the role of archivists, archives, and archival institutions in communities, organizations, and the digital environment. It looks forward-a direction that the pioneering Cox promoted throughout his career.