California Archives Month, part of the greater American Archives Month, is a collaborative effort by professionals and repositories around the state, and indeed the nation, to highlight the importance of historical records.
Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has enduring value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records. Find out more about Archivists.
Throughout the month of October events will take place around the state to celebrate the unique and valuable historical collections in our archives, special collections, and historical societies. It is also a time to recognize the value of California’s historical records and those who maintain our historical resources, government archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, business archives, special collections, and university archives.
The California State Archives, Society of California Archivists, California Historical Records Advisory Board, the National Archives and National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and the Friends of California Archives encourage archives, libraries, museums and historical societies to plan special events or exhibits that highlight their collections of valuable documents and artifacts. Repositories might invite the public to behind-the-scenes tours, have workshops on using their collections, give talks on research resulting from their collections, or just have a party. Exhibits that are open during Archives Month can also be included (even if they open beforehand). Please send information regarding your Archives Month events and exhibits to Archives Events for posting on the events page of this site.