October Is American Archives Month!
The 2007 American Archives Month Public Relations Kit can aid in our joint efforts to promote the value of archives and the importance of archivists. We hope that your state, regional organization, or repository will be stimulated by the ideas and tips presented in the Kit and in these online supplementary materials to schedule an event, issue a press release, set up a media prospect list, or take some other step toward enhancing public awareness of your capabilities. [Read more of this message from SAA President Mark Greene.]
The 2007 American Archives Month Public Relations Kit (PDF)
Say What? The First Annual “Best Elevator Speech” Contest – With Prizes! (PDF)
Tell SAA – in 30 words or fewer – what you would say to a friendly stranger who inquires what you do for a living. You could win a complimentary one-year membership in SAA, a $50 coupon for books – and a lifetime of gratitude from your colleagues!
What Is An Archives? (PDF)
Download this one-page article, print multiple copies (preferably on a color printer), and make it available to young people who visit your repository. Or take it with you to distribute to students on your next career day visit!
Event Planning Guide (PDF)
Turn to this Guide for tips on Organizing Your American Archives Month Event, a Comprehensive Checklist for Planning Your Event, and a Sample Media Relations Timeline.
Sample Press Release (PDF)
Sample Proclamation (PDF)
Sample Proclamation Request Letter (PDF)
Tips for Media Interviews (PDF)
So you’re going to be interviewed? See these tips for preparing for your interview and getting your point across.
How To Know If Something Is Newsworthy (PDF)
If you’d like to pitch a news story or interview to a particular editor or reporter, it helps if you’ve thought through why your story is newsworthy….
See How Your Colleagues Are “Celebrating the American Record” in 2007
Archives Month Web Pages:
Washington State Archives
National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division celebrates the American Record of Health and Medicine
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley declared October 2007 to be “Archives Month in Chicago.” Click here to see the proclamation..
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons has proclaimed October “Archives Month.” Click here to see the proclamation.
2007 Chicago Archives Fair
Archives Month Activities in San Marcos:
Archives Fair at San Marcos Public Library
Archives Reception at Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos
Mississippi Celebrates Archives Month all across the state
Washington State Archives Month
Cape May County Archives Day—New Jersey
Monmouth County Archives—New Jersey
The University of Akron
The University of Hawaii
Celebrate your heritage during National Archives Week—Kentucky
See How Your Ancestors Let Off Some Steam
Taking a peek at history—California
Archives and History Day: An Enduring Success—New Jersey
Published article in e-newsletter at Monsanto Corporate Headquarters—Missouri
King County (Seattle) open house commemorates archives month—Washington
Panel focuses on politics as theme of Archives Week—Texas
African-American Archive Thrives over the Decades
Documentation of Arizona's history—State Archives' collection holds artifacts from mundane to odd
County Clerk Receives Accolades for Archives Preservation—New Jersey
Artesia Daily Press—New Mexico
Archives Week Action Guide—Saskatchewan
2007 American Archives Month Poster
Illinois Archives Month Poster
Missouri Historical Society American Archives Month Poster
Mission Viejo Public Library—Mission Viejo, California
Archives aid students' research—Kansas