University Archivist Receives State Historical Publication Award for Book

hamill_book_72University Archivist Lois Hamill has been selected as the recipient of a 2013 Kentucky History Award for her book Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections. The Kentucky History Awards, given by the Kentucky Historical Society, recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities, and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s ceremony will take place in the Old Statehouse in Frankfort on November 8th.

Having worked at a local historical society herself, Hamill knows firsthand that they often hold historically significant records, typically do not have a trained archivist on staff, and have limited resources. This awareness led the author to provide practical guidance for the most common functions for managing cultural collections      in the setting of a small or volunteer run organization. Knowing the diverse range of formats found in cultural repositories, the author presents specialized information for photographs, paper records, audio and video material, digital files and others.

Whether readers are volunteers at the local historical society, trained librarians who manage the public library local history room, museum curators at a historical property with a few archival documents, or a newly graduated archivist working alone, they will find basic archival functions are demystified in lay language with an emphasis on the practical. Chapters include pertinent additional resources.

Steely Library owns a copy of Archives for the Lay Person that is available for borrowing ( The book is available in paper and electronic form. Copies can be purchased from the publisher at


About NKU Special Collections and University Archives

Eva G. Farris Special Collections and Schlachter University Archives, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University
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