Introduction to Trauma-Informed Archival Practice

Open Access Journal Articles and Reports


Arroyo-Ramírez, Elvia. “Radical Empathy in the Context of Suspended Grief: An Affective Web of Mutual Loss,” in “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice,” eds. Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3, no. 2 (2021).

Caswell, Michelle and Cifor, Marika 'Neither A Beginning Nor An End: Applying An Ethics of Care to Digitizing Archival Collections (2019) in The Routledege International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites (2019) pp. 10

Douglas, Jennifer et al ‘Treat them with the Reverence of Archivists’: Records Work, Grief Work and Relationship Work in the Archives’ Archivaria 88 (2019)

Douglas, Jennifer, Alexandra Alisauskas, Elizabeth Bassett, Noah Duranseaud, Ted Lee, and Christina Mantey “‘These Are Not Just Pieces of Paper’: Acknowledging Grief and Other Emotions in Pursuit of Person-Centered Archives”, Archives & Manuscripts 50 (1) (2022) 5-29.

Douglas, Jennifer, Mya Ballin, and Jessica Lapp. 2022. “Introduction”. Archivaria 94 Special Issue - Towards Person-Centred Archival Theory and Praxis (December), 5-21.

Laurent, N. & Hart, M. (2018). “Emotional Labor and Archival Practice - Reflection”. Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, 15, pp.13-22,

Laurent, N. & Wright, K. (2020). “A trauma-informed approach to managing archives: a new online course”. Archives and Manuscripts, 48 (1), pp.80-87,, full text available

Laurent, N. & Hart, M. (2020). “Building a trauma-informed community of practice”. Education for Information, 37 (1), pp.1-6., full text available

Laurent, Nicola, Cate O’Neill, and Kirsten Wright. 2022. “Convenient Fires and Floods and Impossible Archival Imaginaries: Describing the Missing Records of Children’s Institutions”. Archivaria 94 (December), 94-119.

Laurent, Nicola and Wright, Kirsten, ‘Safety, Collaboration and Empowerment Trauma Informed Archival Practice’, Archivaria (2021) 38-71

Wright Kirsten and Laurent Nicola,


Lomas, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle, Anna Sexton, and Andrew Flinn. 2022. “A Framework for Person-Centred Recordkeeping Drawn through the Lens of Out-of-Home Child-Care Contexts”. Archivaria 94 (December), 64-93.

Regehr, Cheryl, Wendy Duff, Henria Aton & Christa Sato 'Grief and Trauma in the Archives', Journal of Loss and Trauma (2023)
Regehr, Cheryl Wendy Duff, Henria Aton & Christa Sato (2022) “Humans and records are entangled”: empathic engagement and emotional response in archivists, Archival Science 22 (2022) 563–583


Sloan, K, Vanderfluit, J and Douglas, J (2019). “Not 'Just My Problem to Handle': Emerging Themes on Secondary Trauma and Archivists”. Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Vol 6, Article 20, 

Thorpe, K and Willis, C (2019). “Aboriginal Histories in Australia Government Archives: Working with Records of Trauma”. Acid Free,

Tropea, Rachel and Georgina Ward. “Fierce Compassion and Reflexivity: Transforming Practice at the University of Melbourne Archives,” in “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice,” eds. Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3, no. 2 (2021).

Weber, G (2019). “Gratitude in the Archives”. Garland Magazine,



Catherine Barnwell & Jacinthe Pepin, 'What can archivists learn from person-centred nursing care? A conversation between a nurse and an archivist, Association of Canadian Archivists Blog November 22;

Jennifer Douglas et al., Hard Feelings: on the intimate and emotional dimensions of archival work (blog),

 Katherine Schlesinger, Trauma-Informed Archives: Preparing the Next Generation of People-Centred Archivists, Association of Canadian Archivists Blog, 6 December 2022

Online Talks

 Society of American Archivists: Crisis Disaster and Tragedy Response Working Group, Understanding the Need for Trauma-Informed Practice in Archives Talk - Kirsten Wright and Nicola Laurent

 Archiving Disaster Support Group Records: A Guide for Support Groups and Professionals



 Australian Society of Archivists A Trauma Informed Approach to Managing Archives