The National Archives Celebrates American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month to raise awareness about the value of
archives and archivists!

The National Archives is celebrating American Archives Month with a variety of activities.

October 5 on Twitter is #AskAnArchivist Day when staff from across the nation, including our Presidential Libraries, answer questions and talk about what it’s like to be an archivist at the National Archives.

You can view highlights on storify as well as see Alex Champion answer questions via video!

Follow @usnatarchives for the schedule.


Our Pieces of History blog is hosting a special series on electronic records. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing stories about the history, challenges, and future of electronic records, and much more.

You can also read past posts to see how the National Archives has celebrated American Archives Month in past years.

The National Archives is also hosting a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Our free program offers advice on family history research in federal records.poster-l

Sessions include genealogical research guidance on how to use traditional and online resources. Session videos and handouts will be available during and after the event. For the complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page.

Finally, the National Archives Assembly, a professional organization of current and former employees of the National Archives, is joining with its partners to present a free Archives Fair at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, October 5, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions across the region will be on hand to share their collections, answer questions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities they face every day. You can see the program on the Smithsonian’s UStream.

We’ll be celebrating American Archives Month throughout October. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram to find out more and share your favorite archives story with us. 



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