Texas Archives Month

Each October, Texas joins archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country's documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas' historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities' historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.

Texas Archives Month Poster

The October 2020 Texas Archives Month Poster

Click the poster image above to go to the Archives Month Poster page

Ideas for Celebrating Texas Archives Month

Plan your Texas Archives Month activities now! The Society of American Archivists offers resources for celebrating American Archives Month, including an Event Planning Guide and public relations kits.

SAA's public awareness campaign #AskAnArchivist on October 7 encourages users of archives to talk with archivists - via Twitter - about what archivists do, why archives are important, and, of course, the interesting records in their collections.  Archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

The Council of State Archivists' Archives Month Resources features blog posts containing news of Archives Month events happening throughout the U.S. and a gallery of past Archives Month posters from around the nation.

Official Texas Archives Month Proclamations

Proclamations made by state and local government officials will be listed here as they are made. Let us know if your county or municipality has issued a Texas Archives Month proclamation.

City of Austin (2019):
On October 3, City Council member Jimmy Flannigan proclaimed October 2019 to be Archives Month in Austin.

Members of Archivists of Central Texas pose with Jimmy Flannigan at City Hall, where Flannigan proclaimed October 2019 as Archives Month in Austin. Anna Reznik, archivist at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, accepted the proclamation. Representatives from the Austin History Center, University of Texas iSchool and University of Miami were also present. Watch the presentation on the City of Austin website.

Calendar of Texas Archives Month Events


Outreach events and activities have been curtailed this year due to COVID 19. If you are hosting an event or presenting Archives Month activities online, let us know! We will provide a link. Please provide the sponsoring institution, date and time, place, details of what will happen at your event, and if available, any associated website addresses.

October  2020

Austin Archives Bazaar- We were all ready to party back in April at the 2020 Austin Archives Bazaar, then the Covid pandemic hit and we had to cancel the whole shindig. We couldn't wait for the next Bazaar in 2022 to connect with our community, so we put together a little something so we can all celebrate American Archives Month together by recognizing the amazing archives of the Central Texas Area! Tune in to our socials to learn about area archives and see lots of intriguing photos and video clips! Or head to https://peepshow.austinarchivesbazaar.org to binge it all at once!

DFW Archives Bazaar - all month long! The DFW Archives Bazaar has gone virtual for 2020. Each day of the month they will highlight an archival repository on their website and across their social media platforms. Be sure and follow along to learn more about archives in North Texas!

October 1, 2020

Texas Archives Month Poster available for download (THRAB)

October 7, 2020

#AskAnArchivist on Twitter (SAA) https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day

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Current Exhibitions During Archives Month

Archives and Special Collections throughout Texas provide the public with an opportunity to view original documents, photographs, and artifacts through exhibits.  Check with the institutions below for details about their complete list of exhibits, exhibit hours, and price of admission.

Armstrong Browning Library and Museum - Baylor University

Austin History Center

Coates Library - Trinity University

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives - Texas A&M University

DeGolyer Library - Southern Methodist University

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History - University of Texas

Dallas Historical Society

Dallas Municipal Archives

Woodson Research Center Special Collections - Rice University

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Harry Ransom Center - University of Texas

Houston Metropolitan Research Center - Houston Public Library

LBJ Presidential Library

Lamar University - Special Collections

Southwest Collections - Texas Tech University

Southwestern University - Special Collections

Texas Christian University - Special Collections

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

University of Houston - Special Collections

University of North Texas - Special Collections

University of Texas at Arlington - Special Collections

University of Texas at El Paso - Special Collections

The Wittliff Collections - Texas State University

Preserve Your Own History, and Go Behind the Scenes at the TSLAC Conservation Lab

You can celebrate Archives Month all year long by learning how to care for your own books, papers, photographs, and other personal archives with these Preservation Tips from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Also, see what's happening in the TSLAC Conservation Lab, from interesting items chosen for treatment and how the professional conservator decides on the best course of action to thoughts about how these records of the past reflect the lives of Texans and their world. You can see all this and more by following the TSLAC Conservation blog.

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Page last modified: October 14, 2020