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2015 Texas Archives Month Poster: Texas Takes Action to Preserve Our Moving Memories


2014 Texas Archives Month Poster: Defend our Digital Heritage!



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Texas Archives Month poster 2009

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Texas Archives Month poster 2008

Texas Archives Month - October 2016

In October 2016, Texas will join 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

2016 Texas Archives Month: Archives Have the Answer! You Provide the Question!

The theme of the 2016 Texas Archives Month poster is Archives Have the Answers! You Provide the Questions. The poster highlights the role archives and records play in helping researchers learn about who they are, where they came from, and understanding the past. Every researcher comes to the archives with a question. As the poster indicates, archives have the answer!

Over one thousand copies of the poster will be mailed to archival repositories, libraries, county historical commissions and elected officials throughout the state to arrive by early October. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to request a poster, please e-mail us. Supplies are limited.

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 a Public Relations Kit.

SAA's public awareness campaign #AskAnArchivist on October 5 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 teh country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

The Council of State Archivists' Archives Month Resources features background history on how Archives Month/Week developed, directories of current and past Archives Month activities, links to several states' planning guides for Archives Month, 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.

By order of the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, October is officially now Archives Month.

Proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott declaring the month of October to be Archives Month in Texas.

Calendar of Texas Archives Month Events

Tell us about your upcoming Texas Archives Month event! Let us know the sponsoring institution, date and time, place, details of what will happen at your event, and if available, any associated website addresses.

October 5, 2016

The UT Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists presents a lecture by Dr. David B. Gracy II titled 'What You See Is Not What You Get: The History and Nature of Physical Documentary Forgery.' Dr. Gracy will discuss the history of physical document forgery and how it impacts archives, archivists, and the patrons that use them. Reception will take place at 5:30 PM and the lecture begins at 6 PM at the University of Texas (Austin) Student Union Building (UNB 3.128 Sinclair Suite).

October 6, 2016

The Austin City Council will present a proclamation on October 6 at 5:30 PM to declare that October is Archives Month. The City Council meeting will take place at Austin City hall located at 301 W. Second Street.

October 10, 2016

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission presents Texas Digital Archive: Virtual Scavenger Hunt in celebration of Electronic Records Day. Two one-hour sessions are available at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to do hands-on, guided search of the Texas Digital Archives.  The event is open to the public. RSVP

October 16, 2016

The Austin Archives Bazaar is back. This FREE event gives the public an opportunity to learn about archival collections in Austin. More than 20 local repositories will be represented. In addition to the booths, attendees have an opportunity win door prizes, get their picture taken at an old time photobooth, view archival film, record their stories in the Oral History Booth. The event will take place at Saengerrunde Hall from 2 PM to 6 PM.

October 28, 2016

The Travis County History Day is an annual event held in October that celebrates the rich history of Travis County. This year's theme will be on Travis County alumni. We will be celebrating the work and legacy of previous Travis County employees. The event will take place at the Hall of Government (700 Lavaca, Austin, Texas) at 10 AM.

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 institution's below for details about  complete list of exhibits, exhibit hours, and price of admission.

June 2016 - January 8, 2017
A selection from over 15 of AHC's exhibits since 2007. This exhibit highlights the AHC's exhibit program and provide a clearer picture of the variety of collections preserved at the History Center. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
July 26, 2016 - November 20, 2016
August 1st, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower Shootings. This exhibit is a look back at the events that took place that day. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
September 17, 2016 - January 8, 2016
This exhibit explores Nazi propaganda and the impact felt in Germany. Rare artifacts, historic film footage, and first-person interviews reveal the tragic consequences of the Nazis' extremist messages on millions of men, women, and children. This exhibit is open to the public.  Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
August 15, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Balancing journalistic, commerical, and artistic work over a career spanning seven decades, Elliott Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century. This exhibit will present more than 200 of these remarkable images, including rarly exhibited examples of his early work, major magazine assignments, and more.  This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
August 27, 2016 - November 12, 2016
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center salutes its 40th anniversary by honoring a gallery of indivduals who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for future generations. These courageous Houstonians spanned the 20th century in diverse fields such as business, medicine, civil rights, journalism, the arts, and more. This exibit is FREE and open to the public.
Setting Up Camp: The Early History of Texas State Parks
October 3, 2016 - March 17, 2016
Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) brought unprecedented growth to theTexas State Parks system in the 1930s and 1940s. This exhibit highlights the development of the Texas State Parks system, specifically the role of the CCC. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.

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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