American Archives Month 2008

2008 American Archives Month Public Relations Kit

2008 Picture This! Contest Winners

Best "Successfully Implemented Campaign"
Indiana University Libraries

Each year since 2006, Indiana University Libraries has chosen a theme for its Archives Month program that reflects an area of strength in the libraries’ archives holdings. The libraries build a program of lectures, forums, performances, or exhibits that highlights the theme and the collections for each year. The judges admired Indiana University’s strong definition of its campus and community audiences, the creative program ideas, and the sustainability of the Archives Month program from year to year.
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Best “Astonishing Idea” for Archives Month
University of Wyoming: American Heritage Center

American Heritage Center (AHC) proposes bus tours of local or regional archives for senior citizens during Archives Month. Selecting an audience that takes advantage of bus tours for leisure, entertainment, and education, AHC recommends this idea as a way to introduce people to archives and to raise awareness of archives among the public. It suggests that with enough advance planning and outreach, tours could take senior citizens from a retirement or community center to different archives in a local area. At the archives, the seniors could get a behind-the-scenes look at how an archives operates, hear lectures about specific collections, see exhibits, enjoy time to examine collections, and even have a reception with refreshments. The judges liked this idea and agreed that it clearly defined an audience and provided a viable way to build awareness of archives and appreciation of the value of historical records.

Best Poster for American Archives Month
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center

The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center participates in New Mexico’s statewide Archives Month program. For 2008, it developed a program based on a collection of historical images it owns. The poster that announces the exhibit has an excellent design, in the judges’ views. They also concluded that the poster communicates a clear message about an Archives Month program. The Health Sciences Library also worked out a solid plan for distributing the poster to a well-conceived campus audience. The library will use elements of the poster design in flyers and bookmarks as well.

While selecting the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center as the Best Poster winner, the judges also commended the Idaho State Historical Society’s entry for its eye-catching images and excellent distribution plan, and the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists’ poster for its outreach to school-age children.

See How Your Colleagues Are “Celebrating the American Record” in 2008

Archives Month Web Pages, Blogs, and Wikis

  • The National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division is “Celebrating the American Medical Record” as part of American Archives Month, with a website. The site highlights many of the Library’s online exhibits of American medical history based on archives and manuscripts.
  • Archives City Limits: A Celebration of Music Archives: The Archival Enterprise students of the University of Texas School of Information are happy to announce Archives Week 2008 - Archives City Limits! We would like to welcome all members of the archives and non-archives community alike to share in our annual archives celebration. This year, we are taking advantage of our location in the Live Music Capitol of the World (and, *hint* location of SAA's 2009 Annual Meeting!) by celebrating how archives contribute to the documentation and preservation of our musical culture and history.
  • Celebrating Wisconsin's Archives: In celebration of Archives Month 2008, the SAA Student Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in conjunction with the Archives User Services and Outreach class at the School of Library and Information Studies, is launching an Archives Month Blog that will present a Wisconsin archival repository each weekday in October. [Read More]
  • Ford Motor Company is featuring a link on its Intranet home page to an American Archives Month promotional web page created by the Ford Motor Company Archives team. The information on the web page is targeted to company employees, since the Ford Motor Company Archives is not open to the public [Read More]
  • Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future in Virginia: Archives Month in Virginia celebrates those individuals and institutions that help preserve and make accessible the important records of our actions as citizens, as businesses, as religious groups, as governments, and as a society. [Read More]
  • Arizona Archives Month: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. [Read More]
  • Illinois Archives Month: The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board [ISHRAB] celebrates and promotes the rich documentary heritage of Illinois with a website that displayse the state's proclamations, lists events across the state, offers an Archives Month poster, and educates repositories on how to participate. [Read More]
  • South Carolina Archives Month: Archives month will recognize the documentary riches in our more than one hundred repositories, from historical societies, museums, and local governments to public libraries and colleges and universities. [Read More]
  • Paula's Genealogical Eclectica: “That would be an emphatic yes for family historians. Where would our research be without our local, county, state, and federal archives?” [Read More]
  • Daughters of the Repulic of Texas Library at the Alamo weblog [Read More]

Official Recognition

  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley declared October 2008 to be “Archives Month in Chicago.” Click here to see the proclamation. Illinois also issued gubernatorial proclamation and a proclamation from the Secretary of State.
  • South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford proclaims October 2008 as Archives Month
  • South Dakota Governor Rounds proclaims October as Archives Month
  • Michigan Governor Jennifer Graham proclaims October as Archives Month

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