We have published a number of books about current issues in record-keeping and record-keeping education in Liverpool.

How to order

Please send a cheque for the cover price (includes postage and packing, payable to 'the University of Liverpoo'l and send to:

The Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, ℅ Dr A C Buchanan, University of Liverpool, 9-11 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 7WZ.

Available to purchase

From Calendaring to Continuum: A Celebration of Sixty Years of Archives and Records Management Postgraduate Education at the University of Liverpool

A LUCAS publication (2007) 60pp. Price: £5

A collection of reminiscences, photographs and archival documents from staff and students relating to the various incarnations of what is now the Masters of Archives and Records Management programme at the University of Liverpool since its foundation in 1947.

Essays in Honour of Michael Cook, edited by Margaret Procter and Caroline Williams

(LUCAS, 2003) 
160pp HB  ISBN 0 947608 21 4. Price: £10

Michael Cook's career in archives spanned almost 60 years during which he was at the forefront of almost every field of development in archives and records management.  This volume of essays, written by some of his international friends and colleagues, reflects the breadth and depth of this contribution, in areas as diverse as automation, education and the development and application of professional standards.  Contributors from China, Africa, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, America and the UK celebrated his lasting impact on the international landscape.


Francis X Blouin (USA), "History and memory: the Vatican archives and constructs of the past"
  • Masahito Ando (Japan), "Recovering memory, sharing memory: archives lost and displaced in the Asian-Pacific War and the responsibility of Japanese archivists"
  • Frank Scheelings and Patrick Temmerman (Belgium), "Developing a records management system: human and technical challenges"
  • Fernanda Ribeiro (Portugal), "Archival education in consonance with a scientific-informational paradigm"
  • An Xiaomi (China), "Changes and directions in archival research - the influence of Michael Cook's publications in China"
  • Anne Thurston, Yonapika Yonaz Shaid and Mwanahamisi Mtengula, Pino Akotia, Festus Khayundi, T M Lekaukau, Cletus Azangweo, Nathan Mnjama, "An African appreciation of Michael Cook"
  • Marcel Caya (Canada), "Standardising archival descriptive standards: the case of the 'content' note”
  • Michael Roper (UK), "The International Council on Archives and automation"
  • David Vaisey (UK), "Now and then: reflections on forty years in archives"
  • Peter Emmerson (UK), "The growth of records management in the UK: from insignificant cog to vital component?)”.

Archives in the UK and the government agenda, edited by Caroline Williams,

(LUCAS,  2002) 
76pp  PB ISBN 0 947608 18 4. Price: £5

A combination of events during the 1990s caused a significant speeding-up of developments in the archival landscape: government policy and its implementation in the archival sector, the passage of legislation including Data Protection and Freedom of Information which required positive information strategies by record-keepers, the availability of external funding streams to support access-related projects, all played their part.  Archives in the UK and the Government Agenda was intended to provide a snapshot of this rapidly changing landscape at the beginning of a new millennium and retains historical interest for all those wanting to develop their understanding of the sector.


  • Sarah Tyacke (Keeper of the Public Records), "E-government and archives: issues and impacts";
  • Victor Gray (Head of Corporate Records, N M Rothschild and Chair, National Council on Archives),  "The second-best bed: the mixed blessing of inherited archival structures in the UK";
  • Paul Bricksi  (BP plc), "Social inclusion and archives".

New Directions in Archival Research
, edited by Margaret Procter and C P Lewis

(LUCAS, 2000) 
145 pp PB,  ISBN 0 9537963 0 2.  Price: £7.50

This publication provides a springboard to answer the question “What is ‘research’ in archives?”  Professor Michael Moss, then of Glasgow University, drawing on his long experience as both archivist and historian, charts the relationships between archivists, historians and librarians and sets out the current challenges for  archivists in the new digital environment – challenges which can only be addressed through a coherent research agenda.   Four of the most thought-provoking dissertations from the 1998 Masters in Archives and Records Management cohort at the University of Liverpool illustrate the potential range of professional research.  They range from an assessment of the archivists’ role and position through to an investigation into their fetishistic motives for managing archives.  More traditional research interests are represented by a review of sources for the history of a Cheshire church and the society around it.


Professor Michael Moss (University of Glasgow), “The scent of the slow hound and the snap of a bull-dog – the place of research in the archival profession”
  • Helen Wood, “The fetish of the document – an exploration of attitudes toward archives”
  • Judy Dicken,  “Twentieth century literary archives: collecting policies and research initiatives in the twentieth century”
  • Anne Locker, “Should archivists be professionals?”
  • Jan Wood “Disley from chantry to parish: sources for the history of Anglican chapels”.

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