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.
Submit your 2021 Texas Archives Month event for the calendar: If you are hosting an event or presenting Archives Month activities this year, 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. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 13 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 at email@example.com.
City of Dallas (2021)
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.
If you are hosting an event or presenting Archives Month activities this year, 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. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 1, 2021
Texas Archives Month Poster available for download (THRAB)
October 13, 2021
#AskAnArchivist on Twitter (Society of American Archivists) https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day
October 14, 2021
2021 Border Archives Bizarre (Virtual): The Power of Collaboration https://openstacks.nmsu.edu/2021-border-archives-bazaar/
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
Texas Disability History Collection
University of Texas at El Paso - Special Collections
The Wittliff Collections - Texas State University
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.