PHOENIX – The Arizona State Archives is celebrating Archives Month this October, and will highlight the importance of the state’s records and the archivists who preserve them.
The State Archives in collaboration with the Arizona Archives Alliance, is producing an events calendar and the 25th Archives Month poster. On Wednesday, October 7, Arizona archivists will take part in an annual, nationwide social media initiative -- #AskAnArchivistDay. The Society of American Archivists created this event in 2011.
The Arizona State Archives Facebook page will host the live event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can enter questions about records and the archiving and preservation process, and an archivist will answer. Information about this event and others across the state is available at the AzAA Archives Month Events Calendar. Each entry for virtual programming will include an event link.
Other Archives Month content will be posted throughout October. The Arizona State Archives page will also spotlight conservation efforts at the Polly Rosenbaum Archive and History Building and Women’s Suffrage material. In weekly posts, JoAnne Martinez-Kilgore, state conservator, will discuss stages in the conservation process, and will illustrate how her work is integral to the broader mission of the Archives. The AZ Archives Month page will promote statewide events, the archives profession, and the Arizona Archives Month poster about the State’s medical history.
The State Archives, located in the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History building, collects, preserves and makes available to the public and all branches of government, permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials that contribute to the understanding of Arizona history.
American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.