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October is Archives Month

October is Archives Month Since 2006, American Archives Month has given the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) have joined together to develop a coordinated nationwide annual observance of Archives Month. CoSA lends support for this effort by providing access to a variety of resources through their website. They believe that American Archives Month provides an excellent opportunity for educating the public and resource providers about the work that archivists do and why it is so important. SAA also provides a variety of tools to promote and educate the public on the importance of archives during the month of October.

Historical records are essential to understanding our past, and supporting a democratic society. Kansas Archives Month is a time to focus on the importance of records of enduring value and to enhance public recognition for the people and programs that are responsible for maintaining our communities' vital historical records.

In the course of daily life, individuals, organizations, and governments create and keep information about their activities.

Archivists are professionals who:

  • assess,
  • collect,
  • organize,
  • preserve, and
  • provide access to the portions of this information that have lasting value.

Archivists keep records that have enduring value as reliable memories of the past, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.Join the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) and archives across the nation in recognizing October as American Archives Month. KSHRAB sponsors activities and promotions for American Archives Month with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Electronic Records Day

Electronic Records Day is a day designed to raise awareness among state government agencies, the general public, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in their world.

For more information on Electronic Records Day, please visit the CoSA Electronic Records Day page.


Archives Month 2014

October is Archives Month

 

Follow the clues to preserve your personal digital memories!

Did you know that digital materials can be more difficult to preserve than physical ones?

Take this quiz to test your digital preservation know-how.
digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/quiz/


Why Digital Preservation is important to you (Video)
digitalpreservation.gov/multimedia/videos/personalarchiving.html


Library of Congress provides some great resources for maintaining your personal digital archives.
digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/


There are additional resources for Personal Digital Archiving from the Bentley Library, University of Michigan:
bentley.umich.edu/dchome/resources/personalarchives.php

Want a poster to put up about Archives Month and digital preservation? Print this pdf out for yourself or contact the KSHRAB for color copies at kshrab@kshs.org!