Every year, archives around the country, public and privately funded, participate in a month-long celebration of our profession and the history we help people encounter every day. There are many ways to celebrate Archives Month. I have pulled together some options from the Society of American Archivists’ website as well as the Council of State Archivists for your enjoyment. I hope you can find something exciting in your area that interests you.
Here are the events currently listed on the SAA webpage
American Public University System’s University Archives Center
American Public University System’s (APUS) University Archives Center will host the Panhandle Documentary Heritage Preservation Workshop October 12–13, 2012, at its Academic Center in Charles Town, West Virginia. The event, co-sponsored by the Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, coincides with American Archives Month and will feature a forum-style workshop with six sessions focusing on the management and preservation of physical and digital heritage materials including archival records, photographs, and artifacts. For more information or to register, contact Brad Wiles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives Month Oregon
The Oregon State Historical Records Advisory Board printed and widely distributed an Archives Month poster commemorating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Oregon. In addition, the State Archives is having an open house on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this event, our new exhibit, “Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and Milestones in Women’s Political History,” will be introduced in the exhibit hall.
Portland-area Archives will again host the very popular “Oregon Archives Crawl” on October 6, 2012. More information on this event is available at http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/
California Archives Month
California archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies are encouraged to plan special events or exhibits that highlight their collections of valuable documents and artifacts to celebrate Archives Month. Participants are invited to share their Archives Month event on the California Archives Month website by emailing details of the event to email@example.com. Be sure to include the event title, name of repository, location of event, dates, contact person, and website (if available). To view events, visit the California Archives Month calendar.
Georgia Archives Month
Along with archivists, records managers, students, and friends and supporters of archives, Governor Nathan Deal signs a proclamation designating October as Georgia Archives Month, Sept. 19, 11:00 a.m. Come to the photo shoot to show support, and visit Georgia Archives Month on Facebook!
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society in Litchfield, Connecticut, will host a variety of programs and lectures throughout the month, and will host the opening of the traveling exhibition “There’s a Map for That!”. Click here for a complete calendar of events. In addition, the organization will post one document, photograph, map, or other item from the collection per day on its Facebook page, along with an archives Word of the Day.
New York Archives Week
New York Archives Week, an annual observance of the importance of archival and historical records to our lives, is coordinated in New York City by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. View a calendar presenting a brief overview of the various New York Archives Week events occurring on each day and details about each event, including RSVP instructions. For the latest news about New York Archives Week visit the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., or join the group on Facebook!
North Carolina Archives Week
The Society of North Carolina Archivists created a promotional poster and bookmark to raise awareness.
Ohio Archives Month
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board invites individuals to celebrate Archives Month by recognizing the accomplishments of an Ohio institution in preserving and improving access to historical records. Nominations are due by October 1; for more information, click here.
Texas Archives Month
On this page, find the Texas Archives Month poster, ideas for celebrating Texas Archives Month, official Texas Archives Month proclamations, and a calendar of Texas Archives Month events.
University of Texas at Austin Archives Week 2012
In honor of American Archives Month, the University of Texas at Austin student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA-UT) will host a series of events October 22-27 inspired by the impact of fashion and clothing on our cultural heritage, and their role as part of our enduring cultural heritage. For a listing of events and more information on Archives Week, visit http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~saa/archivesweek.html.
The information on the Council of State Archivists site will be updated as they are informed of events. They currently have information for Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
For my part, I am planning on posting about various archival-related topics including famous archivists, history of the profession in the U.S., answering some of the common questions I am asked about my job, and updating you on any exciting events I find along the way. I am also inserting Archives Month into the lives of my friends and colleagues by arranging a tour of our local archive for the History Graduate Association. It will be great fun!
Stay tuned, visit your local archive/historical society/special collections repository/library, have a fabulous time and be sure to report back with your experiences!