NAP Press


Welcome to the Nomadic Archivists Project Press (NAP Press).


NAP Press was founded in 2020 as a platform to publish writing by and about memory workers of African descent, including archivists, librarians, oral historians, genealogists, bibliographers, filmmakers, and podcasters. We are building on the rich tradition of storytelling to preserve the global Black experience. We believe strongly in elevating these narratives by working with contemporary memory workers who understand the necessity of keeping our diverse and nuanced culture through books, journals, zines, and other forms. Toni Morrison once said, "narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created." Our mission is to preserve Black narratives in the key of liberation and fundamental change regarding the condition of Black people worldwide.


Our mission is to publish work that taps the depth and complexity of Black narrative. We firmly place ourselves alongside other publishers and editors creating work for future generations who will be searching for what happened here, who were the witnesses and how they lived.



The Nomadic Archivists Project (NAP) is seeking submissions for The Evidence: Black Archivists Holding Memory, an anthology exploring the archival experience across Africa and the African Diaspora. We understand that the global Black archival experience is a complex one and converging over time, space, and memory. We acknowledge and affirm archiving our stories is a cultural and political act.


Archivists rarely share their experiences as archivists. The Evidence is a platform to tell these unique and powerful stories within the context of the Black archival tradition.


Subjects may include: archiving memory, agency in the archives, archival labor, combating racism in the archives, community archives and spaces, decolonizing the archives, digital archives and archiving, legacy makers, origins stories, personal testimonies, queer voices, understanding pain in the archives, women and gender in the archives. We welcome other ideas as well. 


This anthology takes its inspiration from the legacy of past pioneering archivists, curators, librarians, and scholars such as Regina Anderson Andrews, Brenda Banks, Abdel Kader Haidara, Jean Blackwell Hutson, Alexander Gumby, Sara Dunlap Jackson, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Dorothy Porter, Arthur Schomburg, Marion Stokes, and many others who left an indelible mark on archiving the global Black experience. 


We welcome archivists, artists, curators, historians, memory workers, public record keepers, scholars and students to participate in this groundbreaking project. Please read the guidelines listed below. The deadline for submitting a proposal or abstract is December 15, 2020. If your submission is selected for the anthology, we will inform you no later than February 28, 2021


Proposals/abstracts should be between 350-500 words in length. Submissions are limited to: research articles, personal essays, creative pieces, interviews and visuals.


We look forward to reading your submissions.


Editors: Miranda Mims and Steven G. Fullwood, Nomadic Archivists Project (NAP)


Please submit proposals here.

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