The arrival of October means it is American Archives Month! Since 2006, cultural institutions around the United States have hosted annual events to spread the word about what archives are and the important role archivists play in preserving and presenting history.
The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will be holding an archives information session today, October 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. Just stop by their display in the Fenwick Library Atrium to learn more. October 4 is AskAnArchivist day: SCRC will be active on their various social media accounts to help answer any questions you may have about archives, archivists, and anything else archives-related.
SCRC is also participating in the REMIX contest organized by the Virginia Caucus of Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and invites you to join them by creating your own submissions. The REMIX “Spirits in the Archives” is a contest to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for cultural heritage collections, such as creating redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions.
To conclude the celebration or archives, SCRC will host an Archives Month Open House on October 31 from 1 – 4 p.m. Some collections related to the “Spirits in the Archives” theme as well as REMIX contest submissions will be featured.
For more information about American Archives Month, the REMIX context, SCRC’s Mason Archives Month contest, some fun images from SCRC’s collections, and SCRC’s vital role in archiving and preserving history, please read SCRC’s blog post over at Vault217.