October is Archives Month!

2017 Texas Archives Month poster, featuring the headline "Texas and the Great War: 'Over There' and Online," and four images from World War One: Signal Corps Photo 157305, a black and white photograph of General Pershing decorating men of the 36th Division with D.S.C., Melissey Younne, France, Texas Digital Archive; a Boy Scouts of America annual report from 1918 with a colorful cover showing Lady Liberty carrying a shield alongside a Boy Scout with a sword, Boy Scouts of America, Scouting, Volume 6, April 15, 1918, periodical, New York, New York, Boy Scouts of American National Scouting Museum, from the Portal to Texas History; a black and white photograph of Texas solider Private Henry Dugat, Henry Lloyd Dugat Sr. Archives, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas Digital Archive; Signal Corps Photo 30558, a black and white photograph of Miss Adele Birdsall and Miss Thomas, of the American Red Cross, dispensing chocolate to men just in from the line, American Red Cross, Senoncourt, Meuse, France, Texas Digital Archive.

Once again, the Lone Star State will join archival institutions across the nation in celebrating October 2017 as Archives Month. Throughout October, archival repositories and organizations in Texas will be holding special events to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving and making these historical treasures available for use by present and future generations.

Find out more about Texas Archives Month activities here–including learning about exhibits at other Texas archives, getting ideas for how to celebrate, and reading the governor’s official proclamation.

The 2017 Texas Archives Month 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.

Our current TSLAC exhibit, Texans Take to the Trenches: the Lone Star State and the Great War, is on display in the lobby of our headquarters at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, throughout the month. More information, including photographs of selected items now on view, can be explored on the exhibit website.

The publication and distribution of the 2017 Texas Archives Month poster was made possible with generous funding by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. We hope you enjoy the poster and will display it proudly in celebration of Archives Month in Texas!

Download the poster as a PDF here.

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