Facilitating Academic-Archivist Collaborations in Business

Collaboration has become a prominent theme in the archives community in recent years. For company collections, working with academics on targeted, business-relevant projects can add capacity and help archivists to demonstrate the value of the records to parent organisations – as well as develop relationships with universities and access research funding.

Over the last few years, Judy Faraday (John Lewis Partnership) has been working closely with University of Essex historian, Dr Alix Green, and a small group of BAC members – including Sophie Clapp (Boots), Erin Lee (National Theatre), Maria Sienkiewicz (Barclays) and Tamara Thornhill (Transport for London) - to produce tailored guidance materials for business archivists interested in academic collaboration.

‘Facilitating Academic-Archivist Collaborations in Business’ is a short and accessible guide, with issues to consider and some tips for success. Each section of the document has an accompanying short film, in which business archivists and researchers offer relevant experiences and advice. There is also a ‘One Piece of Advice’ film, which is a good place to start. Watch the full playlist below or check out the BAC YouTube channel, We love business archives.

We’d like these resources to stay relevant and useful. If you have any feedback, a case study of collaboration to share or any suggestions for what we could add to the collection, please get in touch: judy.faraday@johnlewis.co.uk or alix.green@essex.ac.uk

Additional Resources:

Alix R. Green & Erin Lee (2020) From transaction to collaboration: redefining the academic-archivist relationship in business collections, Archives and Records, 41:1, 32-51