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Past Texas Archives Month
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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

 

2011

Texas Archives Month poster 2011

 

2010

Texas Archives Month poster 2010
 

 

2009

Texas Archives Month poster 2009
 

 

2008

Texas Archives Month poster 2008

Texas Archives Month

In October 2017, 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 receive future posters electronically via email, please complete the online form.

Texas Archives Month Poster Email Sign Up


Texas Archives Month Poster

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

The theme of the 2017 poster is Texas and the Great War: "Over There" and Online. The poster commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. We have chosen to highlight a few of the digital, online collections that shed light on this period of American history. In providing access to these collections, we honor the contributions of those soldiers and civilians. Additionally, we recognize the work of archives, archivists, staff members, and volunteers in making these records available.

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.


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 4 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 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. 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.

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

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.


Hurricane Harvey recovery

Throughout this October and in the months to come, archives, special collections, libraries, and museums in the Houston and greater Gulf Coast areas are continuing their recovery from the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey. The Archivists of the Houston Area have compiled a list of Harvey Resources available to institutions and individuals seeking information for how best to salvage their unique papers, photographs, and other items that were damaged in the storm. Learn how different material types have unique needs for salvage, and discover resources for assistance to cultural institutions in their recovery efforts.


October 4, 2017

SAA's public awareness campaign #AskAnArchivist on October 4 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, 2017

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. The Council of State Archivists will host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on evaluating information systems, both those already in service and those being considered for purchase. Registration is required.


October 16, 2017

The UT Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists will present a lecture by Professor Emeritus Dr. David B. Gracy II titled "Three Texas Archives Wars Down, One Archives War to Go" at 6:00 p.m. at the Texas Union Building (UNB 3.128) on the University of Texas at Austin campus. This event will be FREE and open to the public.


October 26, 2017

The UT Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists will host a presentation by Texas State Library and Archives Commission Archives department staff on the Texas Digital Archive and the department's implementation of ArchivesSpace. The event takes place 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the University of Texas School of Information and is limited to student attendance.


October 27, 2017

The Travis County Archives delves into the county's mysterious past at its annual History Day event held this year at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 27 at the Travis County Administrative Building (700 Lavaca St., Austin TX). Travis County Histories and Mysteries: Exploring Travis County's Extraordinary Past will feature storytelling, food, and giveaways. This event is FREE and open to the public.


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.

August 29, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Austin commercial photographer Dewey Mears captured Austin's version of mid-century style in the 1950s and 1960s through his work documenting the architecture and interior design of the city. A selection of images from the Dewey G. Mears Photograph Archive will be on display. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
 
September 7, 2017 - December 21, 2017
A noted scholar of the early history of Texas and Mexico, Carlos Castañeda helped guide the Benson Latin American Collection from the 1920s until his death in 1958. Original materials documenting his life and work are on display in the Collection's main reading room. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
 
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. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
 
September 15, 2017 - November 12, 2017
This exhibit reveals family life among American Indian communities in Oklahoma as documented by French photographer Pierre Tartoue from the late 1930s to early 1950s, showing the strength of family bonds and renewed tribal leadership. This exhibit is open to the public. Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
September 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
The Prohibition era in the United States, beginning as the 18th Amendment went into effect on January 17, 1920, brought about social changes that were both positive and negative. This exhibit is open to the public. Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
July 29, 2017 - March 18, 2018
Explore the history of electronic gaming and try your hand at vintage games, from Oregon Trail and Ms. Pac-Man to Tetris and Super Mario Bros., plus games being marketed today. This exhibit is open to the public. Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
July 1, 2017 - February 4, 2018
Anyone can help to save a piece of history. View items from private individuals' collections and discover what sparked their interest in historic documents and artifacts and what inspires them to be active in preserving the evidence of our past. This exhibit is open to the public. Check at the ticket stand for price of admission.
 
September 11, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Post-revolutionary Mexico saw art and culture flourish, transforming the nation and transmitting its influences to the United States and its contemporary art world. Photographs, artworks, manuscripts, and publications from the Ransom Center's collections illustrate the cultural exchange between the two nations during this era. Exhibit descriptions are provided in both English and Spanish. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
 
April 6, 2017 - December 31, 2017
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission marks the 100th Anniversary of the "Great War" with its latest exhibit. The collection of photographs, documents, and dispatches commemorate the Texans who responded to Uncle Sam's "I Want You" rally cry and showcases the individual experiences of Texans dealing with the war both at home and abroad. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.
 
August 28, 2017 - July 8, 2018
Over 90 photographs from The Wittliff's permanent collection are on display, featuring a wide spectrum of Texas musicians. Included in the exhibit are photographs taken of performances at The Ritz in Austin, once operated as a music club, alongside original promotional posters of the bands by Jim Franklin. An event reception will take place Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m. RSVP for parking information. 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.

 

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