ICA publications: Launch of a new special series!


Thanks to our partnership with Liverpool University Press, which has published our professional journal Comma since 2011, ICA has now been able to launch a new special publications series.  The volumes in this series are intended to capture the considered reflections of members of ICA bodies at their conferences and seminars devoted to major topics of contemporary relevance.

 It has long been recognized that archival discourse cannot be reduced to the apparent simplicity of the Powerpoint presentations which have become almost obligatory at many professional conferences. Social media can play an enormous role in stimulating debates but the conclusions of these debates are often hard to discern.  The basis for this series in traditional format is the belief that there is a continuing demand for critical analysis of the main challenges facing archivists today and for a far greater understanding of the changing role of the profession in its wider social and political context.

The intention is to reach out beyond ICA's core membership and the archival world, which are already well served by Comma, and to attract new audiences, which may not have previously considered in depth the archival dimension to their work and which may be completely unaware of the existence of our organization.

Proposals for inclusion in this potentially valuable new series should in the first instance be addressed to me direct in my capacity as Director of Publications (leitchATica.org)

The first volume in this series, entitled Crisis, Credibility and Corporate History, is based on the proceedings of a conference organized by the Section on Business and Labour Archives (SBL) in Basel in April 2013.  The contributions have been painstakingly edited for publication by Alex Bieri of the Roche Archives, which also hosted the conference.

Crisis, Credibility and Corporate History aims to describe current expectations and strategies held within companies, within academia and amongst the general public for using a company's history for communication and marketing purposes. Ranging widely across case studies from major international businesses such as IBM, Maersk and Roche, this timely volume includes contributions from marketing specialists, corporate archivists and scholars. 

Edited by Alexander Bieri, Curator of The Roche Historical Collection and Archive. 9781781381373,Hardback, 224pp


David A. Leitch, Secretary General of the ICA

Jonathan Steffen, Managing Director Jonathan Steffen Ltd

Professor Clemens Wischermann, University of Constance

Henning Morgen, Head Historical Archives A.P. Møller-Maersk

Dr. Lionel Loew, The Roche Historical Collection and Archives

Dr. Thilo Jungkind, University of Constance

Professor Birgitte Possing, Danish National Archives

Professor Joachim Scholtyseck, Bonn University

Dr. Karl-Peter Ellerbrock, Stiftung Westphälisches Wirtschaftsarchiv

Dr. Thomas Inglin, Head Historical Archives Zurich Group Holdings

Alexander L. Bieri, Curator The Roche Historical Collection and Archive

Paul Lasewicz, IBM Inc.

Yuko Matsuzaki, Shibusawa Eiichi Foundation

Essential reading for business historians, archivists and marketing professionals, Crisis, Credibility and Corporate History presents a clear picture of what writing "corporate history" today involves.

Normally priced at £50, ICA members are eligible to purchase the book for the special price of £20/€25 (plus £3.50/€4 p&p).

To order at the discount price, please contact Janet McDermott (janmarATliv.ac.uk or tel: (44 0151 795 214944 0151 795 2149), or enter the code ICA when ordering online at www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk


David Leitch

ICA Secretary General

SBL publication