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Indiana Archives Month

Funded by the Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), the Indiana Archives Month Committee is charged with the planning and production of statewide events focused on the education and promotion of Indiana's archival community during the month of October. Indiana Archives Month seeks to promote the use of archives and the preservation of historic records within our communities.  Archival repositories throughout our state, such as the Indiana State Archives, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Society, and countless local institutions serve to preserve Indiana’s heritage through the written record. Through these archives, Hoosiers can study the past, trace their ancestors, learn about their community, and maintain the laws of our state.

October 2018

#AskAnArchivist Day | October 3, 2018

On October 3, 2018, Archivists from the Indiana State Archives and around the country -- working in universities, museums, historical societies, churches, businesses, local and state governments, and many other organizations --  will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, will give you the opportunity to connect directly with archivists in your community and across the country—to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity.

As professional experts who do the exciting work of protecting and sharing important historical materials, archivists have many stories to share about the work they do every day in preserving fascinating documents, photographs, audio and visual materials, and artifacts. Increasingly, archival work extends beyond the physical and includes digital materials. #AskAnArchivist Day will give you a chance to connect with archivists who are tackling the challenges of preserving our digital heritage for the future.

What questions can be asked?
Archivists participating in #AskAnArchivist Day are eager to respond to any and all questions you have about archives and archival work.

No question is too silly ...

  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve come across in your collections?
  • If your archives had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
  • What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?

... and no question is too practical!

  • What should I do to be sure that my emails won’t get lost?
  • I’ve got loads of digital images on my phone. How should I store them so I can access them later on?
  • How do you decide which items to keep and which to weed out from a collection?
  • As a teacher, how can I get my students more interested in using archives for projects?

How does it work?
#AskAnArchivist Day is open to everyone—all you need is a Twitter account. To participate, just tweet a question and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist in your tweet. Your question will be seen instantly by archivists around the country who are standing by to respond directly to you.

Have a question for a specific archives or archivist? Include their Twitter handle with your question. The Indiana State Archives' Twitter handle is: @IndianaArchives.They may not know every answer right away, but they will get back to you after they’ve had the chance to do some digging.

Don’t have a question right away? Search Twitter for #AskAnArchivist and follow along as questions and answers are shared.

So get ready to join the conversation on October 3rd

Archives Month Highlights from Previous Years





Civil War

Local repositories from around Indiana contributed pictures for this year's offering, eight of which can be seen on the poster. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the following repositories for their accepted submissions:

"2nd Lt. David Van Buskirk" - Monroe County History Center
"Superior General Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly" - Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods
"Jesse and James Sharp" - Carroll County Museum
"Jacob Siebenthaler" - Franklin County Public Library
"Louis J. Bruner" and "John J. Williams" - Museum of the Soldier, Portland, Indiana
"Valentine Somerlott" - Dorothy Parke, Crawford County Auditor's Office
"Three Soldiers" - William G. Whitestine and Gib Young, Champion Hill, Camp 17
"Battle Flag of the 15th Indiana Regiment Infantry" - Indiana War Memorials Commission

The 2011 Archives Month poster is made possible by the Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), working in conjunction with the Indiana Archives and Records Administration from a grant made possible by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Indiana Events

  • October 8 - Celebrate Archives Month - Civil War Outreach and More - Society of Indiana Archivists
  • October 21 - The Meaning of Work - Schurz Library, Indiana University South Bend
  • October 23 - Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair - Indiana State Library
  • Throughout October - Archives & Special Collections Month - Indiana University

2010 Poster & Credits

Poster Photo Credits:

  • “New Ford & Trolley” – Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Heritage Center
  • “Neil Armstrong’s Moonwalk” – Purdue University Library Archives & Special Collections
  • “Bunker Hill Naval Site” – Miami County Museum Archives
  • “Goat Pulling Cart” – Ball State University Libraries, Archives
  • “Southern Indiana Railroad Company” – Coal Town & Railroad Museum
  • “Steamboat Beula Ray on the Wabash” – Knox County Public Library

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