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Texas Archives Month - October 2013
In October 2013 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
The theme of the 2013 Texas Archives Month poster is "Deep in the Heart of Texas!" in celebration of the rich and diverse family history resources available to genealogists, and researchers of all kinds, in Texas archival repositories.
Over one thousand copies of the poster will be mailed to archival repositories, libraries, county historical commissions and elected officials throughout the state in 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 I Found It In The Archives! encourages users of archives to share their stories about what they found in the archives and how it has made a difference in their lives. Participating in this campaign is an excellent way to keep your archival repository in the public mind and eye, and to record the positive effect your professional service makes on your research visitors.
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.
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 12, 2013
On Saturday, October 12, 12:00-3:00 p.m., at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas, the 26th Annual Dallas Video Festival will host Home Movie Day with open submissions and home movies from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. To submit your films by October 7 for the noon show, contact John Slate by e-mail or at (214) 670-5270. Formats accepted include 8 mm, Super 8 mm, 16 mm, VHS or DVD.
On Saturday, October 12, 3:15 p.m. at Harlingen CISD (13th Street Annex), 310 N. 13th Street, Harlingen, Texas, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image will present a South Texas History Workshop in its Exploring Texas Workshop Series. Learn more about using TAMI’s primary source films in the Texas history classroom in this hour-long session for educators. Visit the Texas State Historical Association website for more information.
October 14, 2013
Join the Society of American Archivists University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter as they celebrate their annual Archives Week. This year's theme is Technology in the Archives. On Monday, October 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (refreshments provided at 5:30 p.m.), speaker Micah Erwin, project archivist and medieval manuscripts specialist at the Harry Ransom Center, will present "Getting Medieval with Crowdsourcing: Utilizing Flickr and Social Media to Describe Medieval Manuscript Fragments" in the second floor conference room at the Benson Latin American Collection, 2300 Red River Street, on the UT-Austin campus. Over the past two years Micah Erwin has led a project to survey and describe medieval manuscript fragments, or binder's waste, in the Ransom Center's book collection. Micah will share how the project has utilized Flickr and social media to "crowdsource" the identification of many of these fragments.
October 15, 2013
The City of San Antonio Office of the City Clerk Municipal Archives and Records will hold the first of two open houses on Tuesday, October 15, 1:00-6:00 p.m, at its facility at 719 S. Santa Rosa Street. Historical treasures of San Antonio will be on display.
On Tuesday, October 15, 3:15-4:30 p.m., the SAA-UT Student Chapter will host an iSchool Research Colloquium: "Orders and authenticity: Lifetime serializations of digital objects," by Dr. Patricia Galloway, at the UT Administration Building, UTA 1.208, 1616 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas. Dr. Galloway will discuss the archiving of digital records from the perspective of a formal "order as received" based upon groupings of digital files on received legacy media prepared by or for a donor and documented through description of the set of derivative orderings available through the original operating system environment. Dr. Galloway will also discuss the repeated undocumented serializations to which digital objects are subject throughout their lives and how only a few of these activities are formalized as "refreshing," "migration," or "reformatting."
Following the iSchool Research Colloquium, a demonstration will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Digital Archaeology Lab in the UT Administration Building, UTA 5.508, 1616 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas. Dr. Galloway and a team of iSchool students will give a tour of the lab and demonstrate the equipment. The Digital Archaeology Lab is used for research and education in digital forensics and contains a complete forensic workstation, a variety of media drives, and current and legacy software for the purpose of recovering digital objects from noncurrent environments for transfer into a preservation environment.
October 16, 2013
On Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m., two iSchool doctoral students will present on their current research in digital archives at the UT Administration Building, UTA 1.208, 1616 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas. Jane Gruning will talk about the connection between digital preservation and human computer interaction, whether people think of digital objects as less "real" than physical objects, and whether this decreases the likelihood that digital objects will be preserved. Jessica Meyerson will talk about her interests in combining research and practice, "persistence" in social infrastructure for digital preservation and representation of hybrid collections online.
October 17, 2013
Interested in digitization? Love technology? Come get a behind the scenes look at the Perry-Castañeda Library Digitization Services Department on Thursday, October 17, 1:00 p.m., at PCL 1.402 on the UT-Austin campus, 101 E. 21st Street. Wendy Martin and Austin Hixson will give a demonstration of the digitization lab's equipment and talk about some of the projects they have underway. Space is limited to 15 people so please sign up via the GoogleDoc.
October 18, 2013
On Friday, October 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m., the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, with District 3 of the Texas Library Association as co-sponsor, will host an Archives Day event about teaching with archives. This eighth annual event will take place at the Wiffliff Collections on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on the Texas State University campus. Stephen S. Cure, Director of Educational Services for the Texas State Historical Association, will speak on "National History Day and Tools for Archivists and Librarians," with a reception to follow. The audience will discover how to interact with the National History Day program in Texas to benefit students and become familiar with resources created by the Society of American Archivists' Research, Access, & Outreach section to facilitate collection usage and make contact with Texas program participants. Cure and his staff coordinate the annual Texas History Day, which each year involves almost 50,000 young Texans statewide, some of whom then go on to participate in National History Day. Steve and his staff also oversee the Junior Historians program and present workshops for teachers through the Texas State Teachers Association, Humanities Texas, and other organizations. Please RSVP to attend (and see directions and parking information).
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will host another of a continuing series of Genealogy After Dark events on Friday, October 18, from 6:00 p.m. until midnight, 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas. Resources of the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center will be available, along with one-on-one guidance from staff librarians and archivists. This program is held in conjunction with the 13th annual lock-in of the Genealogy Division of the Waco-McLennan County Library System. Other participating libraries include Houston Public Library, Denton Public Library, and Plano Public Library. Registration is limited to 30 participants and will close on October 11.
On Friday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m., the SAA-UT Student Chapter celebrates Archives Week with a happy hour at Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas. All archivists, students, alumni, and Austin archival enthusiasts are welcome to join.
October 19, 2013
On Saturday, October 19, 1:00 p.m., at the Austin Film Society Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image partners with Experimental Response Cinema and the Austin Film Society to host Austin’s Home Movie Day. Bring out your films and videos for this open-screen event and catch a few favorites from the Texas Archive! Visit Experimental Response Cinema for more information.
October 22, 2013
On Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m., the Austin Genealogical Society Meeting at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Drive, Austin, Texas, will host "Preserving Texas Films" by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Learn more about TAMI’s mission to discover, preserve and provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’ moving image heritage in this presentation for genealogists. The program is free and open to the public. Visit the Austin Genealogical Society website for more information.
October 25, 2013
The Travis County Archives will hold its sixth annual Travis County History Day on Friday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, in the Hall of Government located on the first floor. All county officials, employees and the public are welcome to attend this special occasion. The theme for this year’s event is The History of Travis County Law Enforcement. A short program will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by a reception. Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Mike Cox, author, and Doyne Bailey, Travis County Sheriff from 1981 to 1992, will be the special guest speakers at the event. Historical photographs, documents and artifacts will be on display, including photographs from the collections of the Austin History Center. Travis County History Day is sponsored by the Austin Bar Association, Austin History Center, Travis County Archives, and the Travis County Historical Commission. Travis County History Day has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to learn about and to celebrate our rich history. Formally established in 1840, Travis County as we know it today hardly resembles the sparsely populated rural frontier it once was. Now with a population of over one million, Travis County has transformed into a rapidly growing and continually changing metropolis. Come learn about and see some of the ways in which Travis County and its government have changed over the years.
On Friday, October 25, 1:00 p.m., the Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference will present "Lights, Camera, Click! New and Accessible Primary Source Texas Film Resources" at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about using Texas Archive of the Moving Image primary source films in the history classroom in this session for educators and visit TAMI in the exhibit hall on Friday or Saturday during the conference. Visit the Texas Council for the Social Studies website for more information.
October 29, 2013
The City of San Antonio Office of the City Clerk Municipal Archives and Records will hold the second of two open houses on Tuesday, October 29, 1:00-6:00 p.m, at its facility at 719 S. Santa Rosa Street. Historical treasures of San Antonio will be on display.
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.