Archives of American Art Journal receives design award from American Alliance of Museums

By the Archives
November 17, 2020
Cover of Fall 2019 Journal

The Fall 2019 issue of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Journal has been awarded first prize in the category of magazines/scholarly journals in the American Alliance of Museums’ 29th annual Museum Publications Design Competition. This competition recognizes and encourages superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications and is the only national, juried competition of its kind. The Archives of American Art Journal is designed for the Archives of American Art by Washington, DC-based multidisciplinary design studio Polygraph Creative.

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About the Archives of American Art Journal

First published in 1960, as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal is the longest-running scholarly periodical devoted to the history of art in the United States. This peer-reviewed publication showcases new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources. All contributions must be appropriate for the journal's broad audience and engage in a substantial, meaningful way with the holdings of the Archives of American Art. With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in the US.

The Archives of American Art Journal publishes two types of articles:

  • Research-based articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words (including endnotes) for peer review that present innovative interpretations of archival materials
  • Short commissioned texts for editorial review that explore historiographical or methodological questions through sources at the Archives

We also welcome proposals for other kinds of research-based or creative contributions that support the journal's mission.

The Archives of American Art Journal is distributed by the University of Chicago Press (link is external). It is published twice a year, in the spring and fall. 

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First page spread from the Fall 2019 Archives of American Art Journal
Second page spread from the Fall 2019 Archives of American Art Journal
First page spread from the Fall 2019 Archives of American Art Journal