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Wisconsin Archives Month

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Archives Month is an annual celebration of the value of Wisconsin's historical records, the original documents that tell the stories of our families, communities, business and civic organizations, and government institutions. As part of this effort, the Wisconsin Historical Society and other archival institutions throughout the state hold programs and exhibits that brings attention to the rich historical record of Wisconsin and its people.

Attend This Year's Events

  • Personal Archiving Day
    Date: October 10, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Location: Madison Public Library, Local History Room (2nd floor)
    201 West Mifflin Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    Contact: Samantha Abrams at seabrams@wisc.edu
    Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Society of American Archivists Student Chapter, and archival professionals from throughout Wisconsin, for Madison's very first Personal Archiving Day! Bring your personal items (or questions about your personal items) from home in need of preservation – family photographs, home movies (in any format), casette tapes, scrapbooks, diaries, iPhones, Instagram feeds, external harddrives, and similar items – to the Madison Public Library and our archival professionals will tell you how to make sure these objects – and their contents – last for years to come. The event begins with a presentation on archives – and how they impact your life – at 12:15, and wraps with a Home Movie Day screening at 4:00. All attendees receive one (1) coupon for a free scoop of custard from Culver's! (Please note that our professionals will not be on site to appraise personal antiques.) 
  • Treasures of the WHS Archives
    Date: Wednesday, October 14th
    Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
    Location: The Library Reading Room at the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
    816 State Street
    Madison, WI 53706
    Contact: askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org or 608-264-6460
    In celebration of Archives Month, the Wisconsin Historical Society archives will be hosting an open house Wednesday, October 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to view rarely seen historical treasures from the Society’s archives. You’ll find examples from the collections that illustrate the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the American Civil Rights Movement, Hollywood, the history of Wisconsin, and more. Among the treasures you’ll see are a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, a draft of the Wisconsin state constitution from 1846, and an original script from the movie Casablanca (courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research).  Staff will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the items on display.
  • Faculty Open House
    Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
    Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Location: Marquette University, Raynor Library, Room 301
    Contact: Michelle Sweester, 414.288.5905, michelle.sweetser@marquette.edu
    Faculty are invited to drop in to meet our archivists and enjoy some homemade treats. Ask questions, explore the collections, and learn more about archive donations.
  • If walls could talk: Researching the History of your Home
    Date: October 24th
    Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Location: The Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
    816 State Street
    Madison, WI 53706
    Contact: askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org or 608-264-6460
    In celebration of Archives Month, the Wisconsin Historical Society archives will be hosting an open house Saturday, October 24th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Drop in during this time to the Society archives and discover examples from our research collections devoted to researching your home, community and the architectural spaces we live in.  Examples will include materials from the Society’s map, manuscript, government records and photograph collection. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and get you started researching your home or neighborhood.
  • UW-Whitewater Area Research Center Open House
    Date: Sunday Oct. 25, 2015    
    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location:UW-Whitewater Andersen Library, 1st Floor (L1230)
    800 W. Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190
    Karen Weston at 262-472-5520 or Archives@uww.edu with any questions.

    Come tour, research, and enjoy light refreshments at the UW-Whitewater Special Collections, Area Research Center and Archives.

  • Governor's Archives Awards Certificate Presentations
    Contact: Matt Blessing, 608-264-6480
    The Governor's Archives Awards celebrate outstanding work with historical records in Wisconsin, and are awarded in three categories: (1) Archival Achievement, (2) Archival Innovation, and (3) Archival Advocacy. To celebrate this year’s winners of the Governor’s Archives Awards, each recipient has chosen a specific time and location to receive their awards. This year's presentations are as follows:

Promote Your Archives Month Event

Download the Archives Month Toolkit

The toolkit includes information on:

  • How to Participate
  • Hosting an Open House
  • Past Archives Month Programming
  • Press Release Template
  • Sample Events

Add Your Event to Our Archives Month Schedule

You can choose to add your event by mail or email. To add your event by email, please contact Matthew Blessing with the following event information:

  • Name of Event
  • Time and date(s) of event
  • Description
  • Locations
  • Address
  • Contact Person's name
  • Contact Person's phone number
  • Contact Person's e-mail address
  • Name of Sponsoring Organization

To mail in your event, fill out and send in the Archives Month Event Form (PDF, 130 KB).

About Archives Month

Archives Month is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Historical Society and with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Society would like to thank Demco, Inc. for their generous support of Archives Month since 2002. Wisconsin Archives Month is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board. 

Learn More

Each October the Society of American Archivists promotes American Archives Month, a nationally focused campaign to spotlight archives and archivists around the country.

For more information about American Archives Month, see the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists.

Have Questions?

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board staff will be glad to answer your questions and provide sources for help in planning your own Archives Month program.

Please contact State Archivist and WHRAB Deputy Coordinator, Matt Blessing, by phone at 608-264-6480 or by email below:

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