Archives Month 2021

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SOA’s Archives Month activity is managed by the Advocacy and Outreach Committee.

The theme for Ohio Archives Month 2021 is Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors

Ohio Archives Month 2021 Poster - smallOctober is American Archives Month and we want to take the opportunity to highlight and celebrate archives all throughout Ohio!

The 2021 theme is Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors. For those looking to get outside, or find inspiration from nature, Ohio’s outdoor spaces can be explored through archives all across the state. Whether it is swimming, hiking, enjoying a picnic, or other outdoor fun, the archives of Ohio allow a glimpse of all the outdoor wonder Ohio has to offer. You can experience the great outdoors without the sunburn or mosquitos! See the 2021 Poster Images page for all the details. (Download the poster PDF.)


This year, the Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee would like to offer a few virtual opportunities in October to invite the public “in” to our archives.

Update: We are canceling the behind-the-scenes virtual Zoom tours for this year. With all that is going on in the world, and our late start, we weren’t able to get enough sign-ups. We have high hopes for next year, and plan to make these behind-the-scenes “crawls” a regular part of our Archives Month promotions in future years.

In the meantime, please see the Behind-the-Scenes Archives Tour @ Miami University Showcasing Rick Ludwin & Gene Krebs Collections video, as well as virtual archives tours from our June Annual Meeting. This session, now on SOA’s YouTube, featured Miami University with Rachel Makarowski and Candace Pine; University of Dayton with Amy Rohmiller and Kristina Schulz; and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with Gino Pasi.

Other ways to celebrate Archives Month

Hold an Event: If your archive site hasn’t made plans yet to do something to celebrate and acknowledge Archives Month, we encourage you to hold some sort of event (in person or virtual) to let people get to know your archives!

Let us know: If you already have something planned (like an open house, talk, etc.), please share the details so that we can publish a list of Ohio Archives Month activities around the state on the SOA website. You can send event details to Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochair Natalie Fritz.

More Resources

2021 Committee members
Haley Antell, Kent State University
George Bain, Ohio University Libraries, retired
Jenifer Baker, Warren County Records Center & Archives (cochair)
Connie Conner, Ohio History Connection
Melissa Dalton, Greene County Records Center and Archives
Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society (cochair)
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation
Matt McShane
Laura E. Smith, Ohio University

Last Updated on September 18, 2022 by janet_carleton