Archives Month

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The Theme for Archives Month in Ohio in 2013 is “The Disasters in Ohio."

2013 Poster

The SOA Archives Month Committee put out a call images for the 2013 Archives Month in Ohio poster to illustrate this year's theme of "Disasters in Ohio." 2013 marks the centennial of the devastating flooding across the state in 1913. The committee initially decided to include only one image in the poster this year but ultimately used the top three choices. The images to be used in the poster were selected through a competitive process utilizing a Survey Monkey instrument. See the images submitted here.

Events/Activities

Archives, museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations with archival and history collections are invited to participate in Archives Month this year by scheduling a special event or exhibit or lecture to highlight the collections in your institution. The Archives Month poster should be available online by late summer, with our aim of mailing copies to members by early September.


Some suggested activities include:

  • Hold a kick-off reception with a featured speaker on the importance of preserving archival records, e.g., an archivist or librarian, researcher, or local government official. Don't forget to invite the press!
  • Display the official Archives Month Poster in your offices.
  • Develop a website consisting of your institution's contributions, if any, to the Ohio Memory Project.
  • Send press releases to local media, including a description of your archival materials, an article using research from the materials in your collection, or photographs of some of the most interesting materials in your collection.
  • Contact your local government officials and organizations in your community to let them know about Archives Month. Offer to speak about your collection and what resources in your collection could be of use to them. Or (if possible) offer to be a repository for their historic materials or offer your expertise in helping them organize their archives.
  • Create an exhibit of some of your materials in your institution.
  • Have a program of readings that feature choice items from your collections and have members of your community do the reading! Better yet, get together with other repositories in your community or region for a joint program.


Once you have decided on an event or program, please submit it to the calendar of events for Archives Month in Ohio.


The theme for Archives Month in Ohio in 2013 is “Disasters in Ohio."

2013 Archives Month Poster
2013 Archives Month Poster
Disasters, whether natural (floods, tornadoes, blizzards) or human-caused (fires, transportation accidents, explosions) are a part of life. There have been many in Ohio—and many which repositories across the state can commemorate.

The members of the Archives Month in Ohio Committee invite archives, museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations with archival and history collections to participate in Archives Month this year by scheduling a special event or exhibit or lecture to highlight the collections in your institution. The Archives Month poster should be available in early fall, with our aim of mailing copies to all members.

More information about Archives Month


Sincerely,
The SOA Archives Month Committee
George Bain (chair), Ohio University (retired)
Kimberly Brownlee, University of Toledo
Connie Conner, Ohio Historical Society
Jeremy Feador, Baldwin-Wallace College
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Angela O'Neal, Ohio Historical Society
Noel Rihm, Wright State University

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