According to the Society of American Archivists, American Archives Month “is an opportunity ‘all over this broad land’ to raise awareness about the value of archives – and archivists.”
In this spirit, and in recognition of both the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Themester “Making War, Making Peace,” and the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the IU SAA-SC will embark on a project to feature Civil War records held in some of southern Indiana’s lesser-known repositories.
The purpose of this project is to bring the knowledge of these holdings to a broader audience through the use of the SAA-SC blog and to encourage a greater appreciation of the materials held in these smaller institutions. In addition, the project seeks to provide students with experience and practice in the areas of outreach and advocacy.
Beginning Saturday, October 8, groups of students will visit a different repository weekly to photograph and write about materials relating to the Civil War. Check back each weekend in October to find out about the exciting discoveries SAA-SC has made in southern Indiana!
For more information about national initiatives and American Archives Month events in institutions around the country visit the Society of American Archivists AAM 2011 page.