2020 American Archives Month

2020 American Archives Month

2020 American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, a time to raise public awareness about the importance of historic documents and records, and honor the work of archivists across the country.  As one of our colleagues succinctly stated, “Archivists bring the past to the present. They’re records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research.” While the pandemic has restricted access to the Archives & Special Collection’s (ASC) Caroline E. Stras Research Room and cancelled this year’s Border Archives Bazaar there are still ways to get your “archival fix” this month.


  • Get a glimpse into mid-century Las Cruces through the images of photographer James M. Flanagan;
  • Discover the details behind the recent donation of Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department records to ASC;
  • Learn the history of many of the historic buildings on the NMSU campus;
  • Each Tuesday, a new post from The Open Stacks, the ASC blog featuring informative write-ups about ASC collections and our work to preserve the history and culture of Southern New Mexico and the Borderlands.


  • Department Head Dennis Daily and former staff member Matt Friedberg showcase the collections of New Mexico U.S. senators, Pete Domenici and Albert Fall;
  • Former University Archivist Martha Andrews discusses the women who helped settle Southern New Mexico;
  • The history of Clara Belle Williams, NMSU’s first black student, told through ASC photographs.


  • On Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m., attend A Finding Aid to My Soul, a storytelling event via Zoom celebrating the diversity and commonality of the archivist experience. Five storytellers-Kathy Marquis, Jessica Newell, Micaela Terronez, Melissa Barker, and Ethel Hazard-will share true stories about their unique, moving, serendipitous, mysterious, and often humorous encounters in the archives;
  • On Wednesday, October 7, tweet at or follow on Twitter the hashtag #AskAnArchivist Day, when archivists around the country will answer questions about archives.
  • On Friday, October 9, follow Electronic Records Day, which highlights the importance of electronic records and digital preservation issues in government and in our lives – check out 10 Reasons Why Electronic Records Need Special AttentionFollow on Twitter the hashtag #ErecsDay.

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