This article discusses how associations form professional identities and reflects on the establishment of the Journal of Western Archives. It highlights the ways in which the establishment of the journal is a manifestation of the development of a Western regional archival identity and underscores the role that individuals play in the creation of associational identities.

Author Biography

J. Gordon Daines III is the Brigham Young University Archivist and Assistant Department Chair, Manuscripts in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He is the author or co-author of several articles including "What do you mean it doesn't make sense? Redesigning finding aids from the users' perspective?," "Tapping Our Potential: Business Process Management and Archival Content Management Systems," and "Charting the Future of Brigham Young University: Franklin S. Harris and the Changing Landscape of the Church's Educational Network, 1921-1926." He is also the co-editor of the e-book The Interactive Archivist: Case Studies in Utilizing Web 2.0 to Improve the Archival Experience.



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