Texas Archives Month

In October 2018, 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 - Coming Soon!

The 2018 Archives Month Poster will be available here electronically. See previous Texas Archives Month Posters.


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.

Proclamation from 2017: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declaring the month of October to be Archives Month in DallasProclamation from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declaring the month of October to be Archives Month in Dallas.

Dallas members of Metroplex Archivists pose with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who proclaimed October 2017 as Archives Month in Dallas.

Dallas members of Metroplex Archivists pose with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who proclaimed October 2017 as Archives Month in Dallas. Representatives from the Dallas Public Library's Dallas History and Archives division and the Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office met with the mayor on October 11, 2017. Photograph courtesy Misty Maberry.


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 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.

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.
 
Setting the Texas Table
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.
 
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

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

2014 Texas Archives Month Poster: Defend our Digital Heritage!

 

2013

Texas Archives Month: Deep in the Heart of Texas

 

2012

Texas Archives Month poster 2012

2008

Texas Archives Month poster 2008

 

 
 
 
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