People seem to sense – almost instinctively – that archives are important. They come in droves to see the founding documents on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC. They comment on “how interesting” it must be to be an archivist. But they can’t quite put their fingers on why it all matters....
Let’s work together on changing that! Here are some ideas for how you might take action to raise awareness of archives this fall.
Develop a brief “story” that explains how the use of archival records had an impact on, or resulted in a positive change for, a person or group.
Your narrative should focus on the outcomes or results of someone using archival records, not on the content of the records. We’re developing a catalog of stories that we can share with each other (and with the public!) on the SAA website to illustrate how archives change lives.
Take advantage of American Archives Month (October!) to raise awareness of archives – and your own repository – by doing one of the following:
For more ideas on what you can do to help raise awareness of archives this fall, see SAA’s American Archives Month webpage.