About Oregon Archives Month

Since the fall of 1989 Archives Week or Month has been recognized by governors, provincial leaders and mayors across North America. They join in supporting efforts to: increase the public’s awareness of archives and historical records; educate people, organizations and others about preserving their own historical records; and encouraging people to explore and use the archives in their area.

Early in 2004, representatives from archival institutions from around the state began working to add Oregon to the growing list of states and nations which celebrate Archives during October. Suggested by the International Council on Archives in 1979, this week-long celebration highlights the importance of archives and the ways historical records enrich our lives. In 2005, the Society of American Archivists formally established October as American Archives Month. The Oregon planning committee in its first 2007 meeting agreed to expand its week-long celebration to a month in alignment with SAA's campaign

In 2009, the Oregon State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) applied for, and received National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant funds in part to support the printing and distribution of a poster commemorating Oregon Archives Month.

Archives Month programs vary from state to state and usually include a broad range of activities such as developing posters, award presentations, exhibits, lectures, open houses and workshops.

Past Participating Organizations

Benton County Historical Society
City of Portland Archives
Lewis and Clark College Archives
Multnomah County Archives
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Jewish Museum
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives
Oregon State Archives
Oregon State Historical Records Advisory Board

Oregon State University Archives
Pacific University Archives
Portland State University Archives
Southern Oregon University Archives and Special Collections
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
Willamette University

See our participation section for resources.

Further Information

Chronology: Archives in Oregon
Archives Week Nationwide from the Council of State Archivists' (COSA)