What is Washington State Archives Month?

Washington State Archives Month is an annual statewide opportunity to celebrate and promote the importance of historical records and recognize the value of archives work. Each October, repositories and organizations are invited to engage with communities through events, programs, and exhibits that raise public awareness about the rich variety of archival collections in our state and the work archivists do to preserve and share our documentary heritage.

Who can become involved with Archives Month?

Organizations with archival materials, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, government archives, genealogical organizations, and private organizations are encouraged to participate! Local historians and students are likewise encouraged to create projects that celebrate the value of historical records.

How can I celebrate Archives Month?

There are many ways you can celebrate Archives Month in your community! Create an exhibit using historical records; provide a workshop on preserving materials or a research topic; host repository tours, lectures, film screenings, and receptions; develop school programs highlighting primary source materials; write articles sharing stories from your collections; brainstorm and partner with other organizations and community members – let your imagination be the limit!

For more ideas, see the Archives Month resource page from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) which includes talking points, sample graphics, media guides, and links to events from past years hosted by archives from around the country.

How do I list an event, program, or activity?

Please complete our form, which includes information about details, links, and relevant hashtags. Once received, the Washington State Archives Committee will promote the event and your work on the WSAM website and social media channels - LINK