Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October is American Archives Month

“The Mystic Chords of Memory stretch...from every...living heart and heartstone... All over this Broad Land.” Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain, and provide access to information that has lasting value. Helping people find and understand the information contained in the records held by the Archive is central to the mission of archivists.

 The Samford University Special Collection Department's mission is to document the history of the university, the state of Alabama and its people, and Alabama’s religious institutions through the acquisition of historically significant, rare and/or unique materials.

Here at Samford, the Special Collections Department of the University Library preserves and presents the past both for the students and the community. With everything from sermons to Samford or from cotton to convocation, we believe that students in all disciplines can gain from the access to our materials.

As part of our October celebration of all things boxed and foldered, Special Collection will be posting on the Library Blog and in Social Media about treasures found in the Samford University Archive and Special Collection Department. There will also be posts on how to preserve your own treasures at home.

At the end of the month, Special Collection will host an Open House. Many of Samford’s treasures will be on display for everyone to come, see and hold.

Please make plans to join us on Oct 31, 2012 from 1 - 3 and see what archiving is all about.

Jennifer Taylor, Technical Archivist
Rachel Cohen, Archivist and User Engagement Librarian
Special Collections and Archives

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