Archives and libraries celebrate May Day

By Rebecca Romanchuk, Archivist

Graphic of MayDay

May 1 is traditionally known as May Day. While spring festivals and the Industrial Workers of the World celebrate May Day, so do archives, libraries, and museums, with activities to prepare and protect cultural heritage materials from damage during disasters. Storms, floods, fires, and other emergencies are unpredictable, but being prepared can make all the difference.

MayDay is an effort promoted by archives and other cultural institutions to encourage each other to “do ONE thing for emergency preparedness” on that day. One action taken today to protect our historical collections will have a positive effect when we respond to a future emergency.

The Texas State Archives will be considering these ideas for MayDay activities developed by the Society of American Archivists. For your important books, documents, photographs, music, and films at home, consult these Preservation Tips offered by the State Archives and more tips on Saving Your Stuff from the American Library Association‘s resources for Preservation Week (the last week in April leading up to MayDay).

One step you take today to protect your treasured items may save them from preventable damage later. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Photograph of family photos damaged by Wimberly flood, 2015.

Family photographs damaged by Wimberley flood, 2015. Wimberley 2015-III, Archivists of Central Texas on Flickr.

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