Texas Archives Month Poster

Archival repositories document the cultural traditions of Texans by preserving the images, media, manuscripts and maps detailing the history of the people of the state. Digital collections connect researchers and casual visitors alike to vivid depictions of the ceremonial dances, annual festivals, family gatherings and lively celebrations that unify groups and tell their stories over time. Celebrate Texas Archives Month with a virtual visit to wonderful resources available at the click of a mouse.

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Texas Archives Month

In October 2018, 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.

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 3 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.

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Oliver proclaimed October 2018 to be Archives Month in Austin.

Members of Archivists of Central Texas pose with Austin Mayor Steven Adler and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo at City Hall, where Tovo proclaimed October 2018 as Archives Month in Austin. Mike Miller, Managing Archivist at the Austin History Center, accepted the proclamation. Representatives from the General Land Office, the Austin History Center, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission were also present. Photograph courtesy of Jenna Cooper.

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 3, 2018

SAA's public awareness campaign #AskAnArchivist on October 3 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.

October 5, 2018

Nerd Night #11: Open Archives! - 7 pm

Join us at our archives-themed Nerd Night at the historic Burges House 603 W. Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79902 to learn more about archives of the border region.

  1. Claudia A. Rivers, Head of UTEP Special Collections, will be talking discussing conservation vs preservation and how to preserve your own personal records
  2. Dennis Daily, Head of NMSU Special Collections will give a talk on letters from the dead
  3. Vicky Zhuang, , will discuss animals and plants in archives

Sponsored by Insights and the Centennial Museum. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/

October 6, 2018

El Paso History Radio Show, KTSM AM 690 - 10 am

Abbie Weiser, Assistant Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso Library; Dennis Daily, Head of New Mexico State University’s Archives and Special Collections; and Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso County Historical Society will discuss archives and the upcoming Border Archives Bazaar. Listen live at http://www.ephistory.com/.

October 10, 2018

Electronic Records Day is celebrated every year on October 10 (10/10 representing the most common binary number system used to encode data in computing systems). Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists, activities planned for this day are intended to raise awareness of the critical importance that electronic records have in our world and to encourage state government agencies and their related professional organizations to engage the public on this topic through various outreach efforts.

Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Electronic Records Day with a scavenger hunt in the Texas Digital Archive! The Texas Digital Archive (TDA) manages, preserves, and facilitates access to the electronic records collections of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, including those transferred by State agencies or digitized by the State Archives. Learn a bit about what is in the TDA and how to search for records by taking on this scavenger hunt we created for the occasion

October 13, 2018

Border Archives Bazaar - 10am - 4 pm

The Border Regional Archives Group is thrilled to host the 2nd annual Border Archives Bazaar! This fun, FREE event will be held at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center, Union East, University of Texas at El Paso. See rare documents, photographs, maps, publications, and more that highlight the unique history and culture of the area. Archivists, librarians, and museum curators from 22 institutions in far west Texas, Ciudad Juárez, and southern New Mexico will discuss and answer questions about archives and preservation. This binational and bilingual event will also feature the mini-DIGIE wall and short talks in English and Spanish about regional history, archives, genealogy, and researching historic buildings and neighborhoods. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BRarchives/ or contact Abbie Weiser, 915-747-6839, ahweiser@utep.edu

October 14, 2018

Logo of the DFW Archives Bazaar for 2018 Visit it with us and over 25 Texas archives at @dallasheritagevillage on Sunday, October 14,     2018, from 1 to 5pm for the @dfwarchivesbazaar. The Bazaar will offer fun and interactive ways to learn more about the historical resources and services available in North Texas. This free event will also feature speakers, trivia, door prizes, and more. All attendees of the DFW Archives Bazaar will receive free access to the rest of Dallas Heritage Village. Learn more at  DFW Archives Bazaar

October 28, 2018

Logo for the Austin Archives Bazaar for 2018 Join us and the Archivists of Central Texas for the Austin Archives Bazaar on Sunday, October  28 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. Discover the photographs, documents, films, maps, video games, and more held in the incredible archival collections in Austin! Hear speakers discuss their experiences in the archives, record a story about Central Texas in our Oral History booth, and share beers with like-minded, history-loving locals. For speaker line-up and full details, visit the Austin Archives Bazaar website. We hope to see you there!


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.

July 31, 2018 - October 31, 2018

"The Austin History Center invites you to its newest exhibit 'Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin'. The exhibit presents a snapshot look at how the public confronted the political and social issues of their time. Diverse images from a variety of Austin History Center collections highlight Austin residents in their earnest efforts to create social change in their communities. The exhibit is free and open to the public."  Read more.

April 7, 2017 - current
Two exhibits are on view at the Briscoe Center: The history of the Jefferson Davis statue that formerly stood on the West Mall of the UT-Austin campus, featuring the statue itself; and examples from the rich Weatherby Map Collection, illustrating political and social changes in the nation and in Texas during the 18th and 19th centuries. These exhibits are FREE and open to the public.
August 11, 2018 - January 6, 2019
"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance is the first major exhibition drawn from the Ransom Center's Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection. Featuring more than 150 objects, the exhibition presents Ruscha's celebrated books, photographs, drawings, and prints alongside unpublished archival production materials, layout sketches, and studio notebooks."  This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
October 1, 2018 - April 29, 2019
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission serves up a hearty helping of favorite dishes and documents how state government influences the foodways of Texas. The exhibit features archival records from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Tourist Development Agency, the State Legislature, governors, and others. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
Carrillo in Color: Never-Before-Seen Images from Celebrated Mexican Photographer Manuel Carrillo
University of Texas at El Paso
Opening Reception October 19, 2018, 4:30 pm - 6:30pm
Curated by University of Texas at El Paso Library photo archivist David Flores, this exhibit features over 60 never-before-seen color images by Manuel Carrillo (1906-1989). The exhibit is located on the third floor of the University of Texas at El Paso Library and is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso Library at 915-747-5697.
August 27, 2018 - December 18, 2018
"Carter is an internationally recognized artist and educator who holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University. He has received the Texas Medal of Arts, the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the Regent’s Professor Award from the Texas State University System. His photography has been shown in more than 100 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. This exhibition, featuring well over 100 images taken from every phase of Carter’s career, was organized by The Wittliff Collections, which hold the major archive of Keith Carter’s photography." 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.


Past Archives Month Posters


2017 Texas Archives Month: Texas and the Great War: Over There and Online.


2016 Texas Archives Month Poster: Archives Have the Answers! You Provide the Questions


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


2014 Texas Archives Month Poster: Defend our Digital Heritage!



Texas Archives Month: Deep in the Heart of Texas



Texas Archives Month poster 2012


Texas Archives Month poster 2008


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