Call for Virginia Archives Month poster images and stories

Posted on behalf of the 2014 Virginia Archives Month Committee

What is Archives Month?

It began as Archives Week which has been celebrated throughout the archival community since approximately 1988. A formal observance of Archives Week in Virginia, including the production of a poster by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Virginia Caucus in conjunction with the Library of Virginia and the Library of Virginia Foundation, began in 2002.

In 2006, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) coordinated a nationwide observance of American Archives Month during October. Virginia archivists continue to celebrate and raise awareness about our archives by creating posters and planning events such as lectures, workshops, and fairs.

The Virginia Archives Month Poster for 2013.

The Virginia Archives Month Poster for 2013.

2014 Theme: Archives are for Virginians

This year, Archives Month in Virginia will celebrate all of the ways that archival and manuscript collections assist, educate, enrich, and enliven the lives of Virginians (and many others). Share an image or images from your collection that highlight that theme. What image or document best captures your institution? How about a document that was invaluable to a researcher or perhaps your most requested record. Maybe you can show off a wonderful but seldom seen item. However you choose to interpret it, show off how your archival institution is for Virginians!

You may upload your images to the Virginia Archives Month Group on Flickr or submit images to Vince Brooks, or Margaret Kidd,  by July 25th.

Image specifications: 300 pixels per inch (ppi) at 100%.

Share your stories!

We would also like to collect stories from the users of archives about their experiences that we may share in October. What discoveries have you made? How did these collections help you or enrich your knowledge? Feel free to add these to the comments below or send them to Margaret Kidd,



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