Archives Week History
Since 2000, Archives Week has been the annual celebration to draw public attention to the importance of the province's nearly 200 archival institutions.
Each year, you are encouraged to think of ways that your institution can celebrate Archives Week in your community. Your activity does not have to be related to the year's chosen theme; the goal is to raise public awareness of the importance of archival records.
Plan an event to showcase your archives and raise public awareness. Ideas include: creating an exhibit, organizing an open house, giving tours, offering special workshops or seminars or writing an article for the local newspaper.
What is the role of the Archives Week Committee?
In 2007 the AABC Executive approved a motion to formally establish an Archives Week Committee that would work in cooperation with committee initiatives regarding Public Awareness, Advocacy, and Legislation to plan and organize an annual week-long celebration that increases public appreciation and understanding of archives and the archival profession in British Columbia.
The duties and responsibilities of the Archives Week Committee include:
- To establish and maintain written guidelines for planning and organizing Archives Week celebrations;
- To communicate the theme and provide ideas to members for planning and organizing Archives Week activities;
- To design, develop, and maintain a webpage about Archives Week, ensuring that it contains current and relevant information in a timely fashion;
- To report committee activities to the Executive as required and once a year at the Annual General Meeting.
Previous Archives Weeks