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October Is American Archives Month!


Dear Colleague:

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)

Supplementary Materials:

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

Official Recognition:

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.

Special Events:

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

Media Coverage:

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

Other Activities:

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



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Archives Month

See How Your Colleagues Are “Celebrating the American Record”