October is American Archives Month and institutions around the United States are gearing up to share their work throughout the month. The goal of the month is to raise public awareness about what archives are, what purpose they serve, and why they are important.
Fun Facts about the FSU Archives
FSU Special Collections & Archives has over 23,000 linear feet of books and archival materials in our collections. That is the length of about 63 football fields.
Archival materials at FSU are represented in six repositories across the university: Special Collections & Archives, the Florida State Law Research Center, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, the John A. Degen Resource Room at the School of Theatre, the Allen Music Library Special Collections, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Archives.
The FSU archives consist of more than just papers and documents; we also have championship rings, dinnerware, plaques, clothing, toys, statues, and even circus stilts! You can search our collections in the ArchivesSpace database.
October 13 is #AskAnArchivist Day and FSU Special Collections & Archives will be taking over the FSU Libraries Twitter and Instagram to share behind the scenes footage and information about how FSU SCA cares for the materials in our collection and makes them available to students, researchers, and the community.
How does it work? AskAnArchivist Day is open to everyone—all you need is a Twitter or Instagram account. To participate, just tweet a question and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist in your tweet, include the @fsulibraries Twitter handle with your question and FSU SCA can answer you directly! Your question will be seen instantly by archivists around the country who are standing by to respond directly to you.
American Archives Month on Illuminations
FSU SCA has been participating in American Archives Month and sharing blog posts about it on Illuminations for almost a decade. Blog posts from past years can be found in our American Archives Month series.