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Monday, October 1, 2018

October is American Archives Month!

Welcome to American Archives Month! We are celebrating with our eighth annual blog‐a‐thon this October. We’ll have more stories for you about who we are, the work we do, and a peek behind the scenes in collections across the Smithsonian.

On the blog, we will explore a number of different archival collections around the Smithsonian. Whether at the Archives Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Transcription Center, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, or any of our other archives, posts will give you a peek into our collections. Posts this month with tell stories about the work we do to make our materials available, show you some of our favorite things in the collections, or give you a sense of what our archives have looked like in days past.

Locally, we will be celebrating at the 2018 Archives Fair at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives on Thursday October 4, 2018. With a theme of Crossing Generations, Bridging Communities, the Fair will explore the ways diverse communities interact with archival collections, their creation, function, and use. Archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will share their collections, answer questions, and highlight their holdings; so it is a great opportunity to get to know some of the cool collections that are out there in our community. If you are in the Washington, DC area come to the fair and meet the archivists and staff that make it all possible – the Archives Fair is free and open to the public.

Mary Ann Belardo working in the Archives of American Art area in the Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries, now the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The archives is located in the old Patent Office Building. Smithsonian Institution Archives, image number SIA2011-1134. 
We’ll be celebrating the work that Archivists, Museum Specialists, and Librarians do in all corners of the Smithsonian this month, telling stories about a few of the highlights in their collections, current work, and the curiosities of working with collections.

Remember to check back throughout October for new content from across the Smithsonian!

Lisa Fthenakis, Program Assistant
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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