Texas Archives Month

Each October, 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.

Texas Archives Month Poster

The October 2019 Archives of the Month Poster

Click the poster image above to go to the Archives Month Poster page

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 2 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.

City of Austin:
On October 3, City Council member Jimmy Flannigan proclaimed October 2019 to be Archives Month in Austin.

Members of Archivists of Central Texas pose with Jimmy Flannigan at City Hall, where Flannigan proclaimed October 2019 as Archives Month in Austin. Anna Reznik, archivist at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, accepted the proclamation. Representatives from the Austin History Center, University of Texas iSchool and University of Miami were also present. Watch the presentation on the City of Austin website.

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.

September 28, 2019

           Border Archives Bazaar / 10am - 4pm

           New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum / Las Cruces, NM

View unique historical treasures at the third Border Archives Bazaar. The Border Archives Bazaar is a free, fun and educational event that brings visitors face to face with fascinating historical materials from the border region. Organized by the Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG), the Bazaar features rare documents, photographs, maps, publications, and more that highlight the unique history and culture of our region. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BRarchives/

October 1, 2019

Archival Award of Excellence winners (THRAB)

Texas Archives Month Poster available for download (THRAB)

October 2, 2019

#AskAnArchivist on Twitter (SAA) https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day

October 12, 2019


            Workshop: Personal Digital Archiving / 10am - Noon

            Texas State Library and Archives Commission / Austin, TX

Celebrate Texas Archives Month with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and discover how to organize and maintain your own personal digital archive. Our digitization and electronic archiving experts will offer up pro tips on the issues, challenges and types of resources available for properly preserving and conveniently maintaining all those photos and files documenting your memories. Learn more and register for the workshop here.

October 14, 2019

Webinar: Digital Access to Dispersed Records: A Look at Native American Boarding School Records / 2pm - 3pm

Society of American Archivists / Native American Archivists and Human Rights Archives Sections

Join the National Native American Boarding School (NABS) Healing Coalition at 2pm Central Time on Indigenous Peoples’ Day for Digital Access to Dispersed Records: A Look at Native American Boarding School Records, sponsored by the SAA Native American Archivists and Human Rights Archives Sections! This live webcast will discuss NABS’s initiative to identify and collect nationally dispersed Native American boarding school records discovered in various institutions including libraries, state/federal archives, universities, and colleges, and how to implement digital access to these vital records. (Download a flyer for the webinar.)

 Who should attend? Everyone! Register here: https://www.pathlms.com/saa/webinars/6529

October 25, 2019

           Metadata Live stream / 1pm - 3pm

           Online - University of North Texas Special Collections

Archival Metadata Live Streaming Event - What is metadata? And why is it so important? Watch archival metadata being created in real-time during this YouTube Live streaming event. Interact with metadata creators and get a behind the scenes look at the mostly invisible process of metadata creation! Event will run from 1:00-3:00pm CST.

November 2, 2019


            DFW Archives Bazaar / 1pm - 5pm

             Patterson-Appleton Arts Center / Denton, TX

What a great way to experience Texas' diverse history! At the demo booths and interactive exhibit guests can learn how to preserve their family treasures, interview family members about their own history, digitize family memories, and much more. At the "Ask an Archivist" Station, professional archivists will be available to answer your questions! Have a future archivist in the family? Students can learn about archival career options and get advice on schools, programs, and internships at the career booth. In addition to the exhibitors and demos, there will be door prizes, trivia, and more. Learn all about the history of North Texas and the people that help preserve it for the next generation! For information visit: http://www.dfwarchivesbazaar.com/about/

November 17, 2019


Houston Archives Bazaar / 10am - 2pm

White Oaks Music Hall / Houston, TX

Join us at the Houston Archives Bazaar! This free, family event is an opportunity for Houston        communities to engage with historical collections and resources. Discover local histories, share your stories, and learn to preserve them! For information visit: https://www.houstonarchivesbazaar.org/

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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.

Armstrong Browning Library and Museum - Baylor University

Austin History Center

Coates Library - Trinity University

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives - Texas A&M University

DeGolyer Library - Southern Methodist University

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History - University of Texas

Dallas Historical Society

Dallas Municipal Archives

Fondren Library - Rice University

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Harry Ransom Center - University of Texas

Houston Metropolitan Research Center - Houston Public Library

LBJ Presidential Library

Lamar University - Special Collections

Southwest Collections - Texas Tech University

Southwestern University - Special Collections

Texas Christian University - Special Collections

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

University of Houston - Special Collections

University of North Texas - Special Collections

University of Texas at Arlington - Special Collections

The Wittliff Collections - Texas State University

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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