Archives Month is a statewide recognition and celebration of the value of Oklahoma’s archives. The theme for Archives Month is “Images of Oklahoma.”
Through Archives Month activities, exhibits, and public programs, we hope to promote public interest in and understanding of archives. Every Oklahoma organization and institution working with historical and archival records can publicize the many ways that archives highlight important evidence of the past and give us perspective, shaping who we are today as people, communities, and as a state.
An Archives Month or Week has been celebrated in many states across the nation. Oklahoma has participated, thanks to sponsorship by the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Society, and Oklahoma Museums Association with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
We hope you will join us for this celebration.
About Archives Month and Participation
Why should your organization participate in Archives Month?
Participation in Archives Month activities offers many benefits to your organization. Through our combined efforts we will be able to:Archives, museums, historical societies, libraries, tribal organizations, and other groups with historical and archival collections are invited to participate in Archives Month by scheduling an event, activity or exhibit to highlight the collections in your institution. We hope the theme—Images of Oklahoma—will complement any programs you may have already planned.
- Increase the general awareness of archival materials and institutions,
- Focus attention upon materials in archival centers,
- Encourage persons and organizations with records of enduring value to properly preserve those materials, and
- Strengthen ties with regular archives users while introducing new and potential users to archives.
Archives Month is a great opportunity to showcase your collection. Some suggested ideas that encompass a variety of budgets and staff participation, include:
- Display the official Archives Month poster. Oklahoma museums, libraries, and historical societies should receive them by the first week of October. The posters are available for download in a full-sized or scaled-down version.
- Hold an open house and provide tours through your facility, highlighting unique materials, or arrange for public visits to nearby repositories.
- Hold a lunchtime reception with a featured speaker on the importance of preserving archival records.
- Send press releases to local media, including a description of your materials; an article using research from your collection; or photographs of interesting items in your collection.
- Contact local government officials, organizations, and educators informing them of Archives Month. Offer to speak about your collection and what resources in your collection could be useful to them.
- Create a display or website, exhibiting some of your materials in your institution.
If you plan an activity, exhibit or event and would like it publicized through the Archives Month website and our other resources, please fill out the Archives Month Program Information Form.