October is American Archives Month

The National Archives celebrates American Archives Month every year in October. They do it to raise awareness about the value of Archives and archivists. You can share your experience celebrating American Archives Month on social media using #ArchivesMonth.

What is an archivist? The National Archives explains that their archivists preserve the records of the U.S. Government, and make them available to the public. They are specially trained in preserving the original material and helping people obtain it. Archivists work with paper documents, photographs, maps, films, and computer records.

In addition to archivists, the National Archives also has conservators. They are specialists who preserve documents, photographs, and other historical records. There are records managers who work with Federal Government entities to make sure they are creating records that reflect the work that the agencies do.

One way to celebrate American Archives Month is to visit one of The National Archives research facilities. There are several of them located in different places across the United States.

National Archives Washington, DC
National Archives at Atlanta, GA
National Archives at Boston, MA
National Archives at Chicago, IL
National Archives at College Park, MD
National Archives at Denver, CO
National Archives at Fort Worth, TX
National Archives at Kansas City, MO
National Archives at New York City, NY
National Archives at Philadelphia, PA
National Archives at Riverside, CA
National Archives at San Francisco, CA
National Archives at Seattle, WA
National Archives at St. Louis, MO

National Personnel Records Center (Military)
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century.

National Personnel Records Center (Civilian)
The National Personnel Records Center’s (NPRC) Federal Records Center Program maintains the Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civilian employees whose employment ended after 1951.

The Federal Register
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) provides access to the official text of Federal Laws, Presidential Documents, Administrative Regulations and Notices, and official publication of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

Many of the regional branches of The National Archives hold special events throughout the month. Check the website of the one you would like to visit, and see what they have planned. Ancestry.com points out that the events can include open houses, lectures, tours, exhibits, or other activities.

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