June 9 is International Archives Day. It commemorates the day the International Council on Archives (ICA) was created in 1948. On International Archives Day, archives all over the world will host special events to show off their collections or the work that they do, and will share stories with each other and with fans of archives worldwide using the social media hashtag #IAD17
In Celebration of International Archives Day on Friday, June 9, the National Archives in Washington, DC, will show a selection of short films from U.S. Information Agency under President John Kennedy’s administration.
Archivist of the United States Solon J. Buck, delivering a lecture in the Dominican Republic, 3/15/1948. (National Archives Identifier 12167214)
The International Council on Archives was established in Paris during a three-day meeting of archivists from June 9 to 11, 1948. Its purpose was to strengthen relations among archivists of all nations, to promote the use of records, and to advance the documentation of human experience.
The National Archives supported the ICA’s creation because it would provide a much-needed forum for archivists from around the world to discuss common issues.
Archivist of the United States Solon Buck addressed the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in October 1946 to promote international cooperation.
In this address, titled “One World,” Buck, then president of the SAA, proposed an international organization of archivists and outlined the steps needed to make it happen. The National Archives had been active in protecting records during World War II, and Buck was eager to ensure that archives continued to be safe in the postwar world.