Texas Archives Month
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Texas Archives Month
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.
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board will disseminate an electronic version of the poster starting in 2018. To sign up to recieve future posters electronically via email, please complete the online form.
Texas Archives Month Poster
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.