Alex H. Poole Receives Theodore Calvin Pease Award

June 25, 2013

Alex PooleAlex H. Poole, doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is the recipient of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Council of State Archivists and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans, August 11–17, 2013. 

The Theodore Calvin Pease Award was created in 1987 and modified in 2007 to recognize “superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.” This competitive award is judged on innovation, scholarship, pertinence and clarity of writing.

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science, UNC–CH, nominated Poole’s paper that is titlec, “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives.” In submitting the nomination, Tibbo noted that the paper “will become an important piece on social justice and how archivists handled their ethical responsibilities in light of a very challenging political landscape. . . . While this paper is historical, it holds immediate relevance for archivists and records managers today, exploring issues of open and equal access and viewing archival policies and practices from the user’s perspective.”

The paper will be published in The American Archivist Volume 77, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2014). Established in 1987, the award is named for the first editor of The American Archivist. The Pease Award includes a certificate and a $100 cash prize.  

Poole joins a number of SILS students who have received the Pease award. They include:

1997: Karen Collins, "Providing Subject Access to Images: A Study of User Queries"
1999: Kathleen Feeney, "Retrieval of Archival Finding Aids Using World Wide Web Search Engines"
2000: Kristin E. Martin, "Analysis of Remote Reference Correspondence at a Large Academic Manuscripts Collection"
2001: James M. Roth, "Serving Up EAD: An Exploratory Study on the Deployment and Utilization of Encoded Archival Description Finding Aids"
2005: Ian Craig Breaden, “Sound Practices: Online Audio Exhibits and the Culture Heritage Archive”
2008: Mary Samouelian, “Embracing Web 2.0: Archives and the Newest Generation of Web Applications”
2012: Pam Mayer, "Like a Box of Chocolates: A Case Study of User-Contributed Content at Footnote