10 June 2015

Yesterday was International Archives Day -- Did you Celebrate?

Happy Belated National Archives Day!

Though I didn’t celebrate National Archives Day (yesterday), I did use the many online resources available for several archives as I plotted and planned some future research.

Per the International Council on Archives, an International Archives Day in 2015 announcement is available in many languages.  The corresponding media release states ...

All around the world, archivists will unite their voices on International Archives Day, June 9, to make the public understand why it is important to support archives and the profession. An excellent opportunity to discover or better know the archival profession, and to get in closer touch with a fascinating domain!
June 9 was launched in 2007 as International Archives Day because on the 9th of June 1948, the International Council on Archives (ICA) was created under the auspices of the UNESCO. This choice was adopted by the archives community as a whole around the world.

On this important universal awareness day, the President of the International Council on Archives, David Fricker reminds us to recognise the unique quality of archives as authentic evidence of administrative, cultural and intellectual activities and as a reflection of the evolution of societies. We also recognise the role of archivists in supporting the creation of records and making records available for use.

David Fricker says: "Archivists are the keepers of memory, bringing the past into the present.  Archivists make these primary sources available so that citizens can make their own sense of the past, to understand ourselves and to make informed decisions about the future" adding that "The Archivists true obligation is not to the past or even the present; archivists must always think of the future" ...

Do read the full release for more details.

You can check out a gorgeous collection of images of documentary treasures held by archives here (click on View Photos in the upper right corner).

Though it’s important that we celebrate archives, libraries and other repositories invaluable to our research and our shared history, every day, it is nice to pause, even if for a moment, to consider how valuable these institutions are!

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