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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Sep 29

American Archives Month

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 4:19 PM by Jessica Cromer

American Archives Month

October is just about here, and that means it’s time for American Archives Month! The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has recognized this since 2006 as a means to educate the public about the importance and value of archives and the role of archivists, from the national, state, and local levels. As they put it, “In October, archivists take steps to reach out to our communities, make connections, and show others the significance of archives. … American Archives Month gives the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists.” SAA encourages member participation by providing practical information and ideas to help make archives programs more visible.

October is American Archives Month

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) is sponsoring a statewide Archives Crawl Passport this year. In the past, the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable put on a local archives crawl, and this year it has been expanded to the state level. In this activity, patrons visit participating repositories in their areas with a passport, which they get stamped (or receive a sticker) to track the archives they’ve visited and earn prizes.
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Ask an Archivist Day is October 4, which is next Wednesday. This day is an opportunity to engage with the public via social media by using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist to answer questions on Twitter. “It’s an opportunity to: break down barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible; talk directly to the public via Twitter about what we do, why it’s important, and the interesting records we have; join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives; interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives; and hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists” (SAA). The Greene County Archives will also be promoting American Archives Month through our website, Facebook, and Twitter.


Other events for archives month include Electronic Records Day on Friday, October 13th, as well as the Ohio County Archivists and Records Managers Association meeting. Also in October we have our Society of Ohio Archivists Fall conference meeting, which in the fall season is combined with the Ohio Local History Alliance annual meeting. On the 19th, the winner of our “I Found It In the Archives” contest will be here to tell her story, and a Records Management Training Fair for Greene County employees is on the 18th from 11 to 2. Employees drop in any time between 11 and 2 for activities, games, and food, for fun, interactive, records management training. All of this is just right around the corner beginning next week and continuing throughout October.

In addition, the Greene County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming the month of October as Archives Month for Greene County. Keep an eye out for more on social media. We hope you will take some time to explore your local archival repositories!

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Until Next time!


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