Americana Insights

—Site Launching Soon—

Americana Insights is a new nonprofit online journal and information resource center established by Jane Katcher (janekatchercollection.com) and assisted by an advisory board of museum professionals and published scholars. Americana Insights’ website will launch in 2020, with independent scholar, author, and curator Robert Shaw as its editor (roberteshaw.com).

The mission of Americana Insights is to inspire, extend, and enhance appreciation and knowledge of traditional American folk art and Americana among new and longtime collectors, students, scholars, and the general public. To achieve these goals, we will:

  • For scholars and writers: Encourage and support new research on traditional American folk art and Americana created from the Colonial era to the early twentieth century, which we intend to publish on our website.
  • Publish research queries and other requests for information.
  • For our audience: Provide free access to our scholarly e-journal and resource center, thereby making new research and related information available to anyone with an interest in traditional American folk art and Americana.
  • Offer information about exhibitions, symposia, and special events that present and interpret these subjects.
  • Establish and maintain relationships and affiliations with scholars and institutions whose activities relate to our mission.

Call for Papers

Americana Insights is currently seeking new, original research on aspects of traditional American folk art and Americana created from the Colonial era to the early twentieth century. Americana Insights is edited by independent scholar, author, and curator Robert Shaw, who may be contacted with any questions.

Proposed essays should focus on a single object or group of objects or a single creator or a related group of artists or craftspeople.

  • Essays should reflect awareness of published information about their topic and add to that existing body of knowledge.
  • Writing should be clear, absorbing, and accessible to any interested reader.
  • Essay lengths should be between 2500 to 5500 words (including endnotes) and include six to twenty illustrations of objects, artists, and related contextual images.
  • In addition to full-length essays, we will also consider a separate category of short papers of 750 to 1000 words that focus sharply on a single thesis or object and should be accompanied by one to five images.
  • Researchers who have new information they would like to add to previously published material are also encouraged to contact us.
  • Institutions and organizations are encouraged to send us information about related exhibitions, symposia, and special events, which we will include on our website’s calendar.

We will provide authors and photographers with detailed information about our requirements. Writers should consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition for format and style guidelines for any piece submitted for consideration. Authors will be asked to submit lists of their preferred illustrations with information about the owners of the images and how to contact them. We will be responsible for requesting and obtaining images and will cover all photographic costs, including permission usage fees. We also will offer an honorarium for all accepted essays.

If you wish to propose an essay, please use the form below to submit a brief synopsis (250 words or less) along with two to five sample images and a copy of your resume.

If you wish to propose an essay, please use the form below to submit a brief synopsis (250 words or less) along with two to five sample images and a copy of your resume or send to 435 Longmeadow Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482.

    If you wish to contact Robert Shaw (for something other than proposing an essay), please use the form below.

    If you wish to propose an essay, please use the form below to submit a brief synopsis (250 words or less) along with two to five sample images and a copy of your resume or send to 435 Longmeadow Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482.