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Ohio Archives Month 2020 Poster: Ohio Women and the Fight for the Right to Vote

Ohio Archives Month Poster 2020This year’s theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Ohio Women and the Fight for the Right to Vote, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which expanded the women’s suffrage across the country. We invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that exhibit a connection to this year’s theme. (Download the poster as 3MB PDF.)

The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee received submissions on the theme from 7 institutions, for a total of 13 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 3 images were selected by the designer for the final poster. Due to COVID-19 and many archivists not having access to their collections, we had considerable fewer submissions this year, but we hope you can submit your images next year.

See our 2020 poster page for more about the images featured on the poster from the Community Archives of Patricia Smith Griffin, and the Ohio History Connection, as well as the others submitted, and the full text of the poster.

2020 Archives Month Poster Submissions Mosaic (not on poster)

2020 Archives Month Poster submissions not included on the poster.

Thank you to the following institutions for their participation: Clark County Historical Society; Case Western Reserve University; Community Archives of Patricia Smith Griffin; Logan County History Center; Oberlin College Archives; Ohio History Connection; and The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

We hope everyone takes the opportunity this Archives Month to promote their institution and collections. We look forward to hearing from you over the month. Be sure to check the SOA website and Twitter account regularly for updates on the various Archives Month activities throughout the state!

Questions? Contact the Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochairs Natalie Fritz and Jenifer Baker.

Extended to June 5! Call for Image Submissions: 2020 Ohio Archives Month Poster

Let Ohio Women Vote poster. Courtesy of Ohio History Connection

Let Ohio Women Vote poster. Courtesy of Ohio History Connection

With all libraries, archives, and museums closed in compliance with the Governor’s orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the deadline for submitting images for this year’s Ohio Archives Month poster will be extended from the original deadline. We realize that with the craziness of the past weeks, it’s likely been the furthest from anyone’s minds, but we hope that we may still be able to keep with the longstanding Archives Month poster tradition.

The new submission deadline is Friday, June 5.

The 2020 theme for the annual Society of Ohio Archivists’ Archives Month poster is the centennial commemoration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote.  Continue reading

Ohio Archives Month 2019 Poster Contest Winners

Ohio Archives Month 2019 Poster

Ohio Archives Month 2019 Poster

This year’s theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ohio’s Role in Space Exploration, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. We invited repositories and institutions across Ohio to submit photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that demonstrated a connection to the theme to be featured on the SOA Archives Month poster. (Download the poster.)

The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee received submissions from fifteen institutions, for a total of 38 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and eleven images were selected as winners through online voting.

The winning images provided great material for the designers, however not all of the winners could be featured on the poster. As such, the Committee would like to highlight each winning image and institution.

Scroll down to see the winning images from Bowling Green State University Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives; National Museum of the United States Air Force; Ohio State University, Ohio Congressional Archives; Shelby County Historical Society; University of Akron, University Libraries, Archival Services; and Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives.

We also would like to thank the following institutions for their submissions and participation: Clark County Heritage Center; Case Western Reserve University; Mound Discovery Center; Ohio History Connection; Sandusky Library,; Smuckers Corporate Archives; University of Cincinnati; University of Dayton; and Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives/Library.

We hope everyone takes the opportunity this Archives Month to promote their institution and collections, as well as their fellow Ohio repositories (check them out in this year’s Ohio Archives Passport)! Be sure to check the SOA website and Twitter account regularly for updates on the various Archives Month activities throughout the state!

2019 Winning Images

Album cover: Apollo 11: We have landed on the moon “The sounds of the 1969 NASA lunar expedition with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin.” Capitol Records, 1969

Apollo 11: We have landed on the moon “The sounds of the 1969 NASA lunar expedition with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin.” Capitol Records, 1969. Bowling Green State University Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

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Vote Now for Your Favorite Ohio Archives Month Poster Image!

Voting for the top images for the SOA Archives Month poster starts today and runs through Friday April 26. You can vote online for your favorite items. Click the image to enlarge it and click the box around it to select it.

Happy voting and thanks to all the institutions who submitted something!

Lindy Smith Reference Archivist

Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

313 Jerome Library | (419) 372-7776

lindys@bgsu.edu | she/her

SOA Archives Month Poster Submission- Deadline Friday, March 29, 2019

This Friday, March 29, 2019 is the deadline to submit photographs, documents and other graphical materials for the SOA Archives Month poster. Please consider submitting material(s) from your institution.

This year’s theme is Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ohio’s Role in Space Exploration, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.  Your submissions should demonstrate a connection to Ohio or the contributions of its residents in the development of the technologies that lead to the Space Race and space exploration. Here’s your chance to highlight interesting, fun, and thought-provoking items from your collections!

If interested in participating, please submit your images (limit of 3 per institution) to Melissa Dalton at mdalton@co.greene.oh.us by Friday, March 29, 2019. SOA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite entry between Monday, April 8, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019.

We look forward to your participation!

Another October another American Archives Month!

As part of the annual celebration, SOA creates a poster every year to highlight items from collections around the state. This year’s theme was Ohio in World War I, to mark the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in the “War to End All Wars.” Out of the 21 institutions that submitted images for possible inclusion, a poll of SOA members selected six. Only three were included in the final poster, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share all of the winning images and their stories with you. Congratulations to all images chosen and keep an eye out for the call for submissions for next year’s poster!

Congregational Archives, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Cincinnati, OH
In 1918, after 46 years in the US, Sister Eutropia was required to register as an Alien Enemy Female. She had to carry her registration card at all times.

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH
Female employees at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, July 1, 1918.

Dayton Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, 1 July 1918.

Defiance College, Defiance, OH
Card advertising the Student Army Training Corps on the Defiance College campus, c. 1918.

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Ohio Army National Guard, Columbus, OH
Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Regiment during training in Cincinnati, September 1917.

Ohio National Guard members being served ice cream

Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Ohio National Guard Soldiers

Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH
Photograph of 21,000 soldiers who were stationed at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, during World War I standing in formation to make the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head. In the upper right-hand corner can be seen the tents and buildings of the camp.

Soldiers in Formation as Woodrow Wilson's Head

Soldiers stationed at Camp Sherman in standing in formation as the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head

Mary E. Gladwin Papers, University of Akron Archival Services of University Libraries, Akron, OH

Akron nurse and University of Akron graduate Mary E. Gladwin (back row, center) poses with nurses at the American Red Cross Field Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia during World War I—the only Red Cross hospital then located in a combat zone—where she helped care for over 9,000 soldiers.

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

With your Archives Month celebrations wrapped up, don’t forget to check out SOA’s Passport to the Past, it’s a great tool to learn more about historical organizations throughout the state.

“I Found It in the Archives” 2017 Voting Begins Today, August 14th

The 2017 state-wide “I Found it in the Archives” contest features winning essays from two institutions: The Clark County Historical Society and the Ohio History Connection

Anne Strupp and Janet Peterson - Entrants in the "I Found It in the Archives" 2017 Contest

Anne Strupp and Janet Peterson – Entrants in the “I Found It in the Archives” 2017 Contest

Read the 2017 “I Found it in the Archives” state finalist essays on the “I Found it in the Archives” Contest Entries page and vote for your favorite in the side navigation of any page on the SOA website.

If viewing the contest on a mobile device, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to place your vote.

Voting begins August 14, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.

The “I Found it in the Archives” state winner will be featured during the SOA fall meeting, held in partnership with the Ohio Local History Alliance October 2017 in Dublin, Ohio.

Keep a lookout for more information about SOA’s fall meeting on the SOA website.

2017 T-Shirt Design Contest

Society of Ohio Archivists
2017 T-Shirt Design Contest

Wear your love for SOA on your sleeve! Or your front, or your back, it’s up to you!

The Advocacy & Outreach Committee is looking for a few creative people to submit their designs for an SOA t-shirt design contest.

Between now and April 3, 2017, the Advocacy & Outreach Committee will be accepting submissions for t-shirt designs.  SOA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite design between April 17th and April 28th, 2017.

The winning design will be announced in early May and t-shirts would be available for purchase on the SOA website and a few will be available for sale at the Spring meeting.

The winning artist will not only win bragging rights to having their design featured on an SOA t-shirt, they will also win a free annual SOA membership, a story in the Ohio Archivist, and a free t-shirt!

T-Shirt Contest Guidelines

  • Designs should be in the spirit of the theme, “Keeping History Alive”;
  • JPG, TIF, and PDF files will be accepted;
  • Images must be at least 300 dpi;
  • Images can have as many colors as you would like;
  • Your design must be original. By submitting a design you are confirming that you either hold the rights to the artwork or are not infringing on anyone’s copyright;
  • All entries should be sent to rheise@co.greene.oh.us and must be received by 5 PM on April 3, 2017;
  • All entry emails should have the subject line “SOA T-Shirt Design Contest”;
  • Include your name, institution’s name, address, telephone number, and email address;
  • The contest winner will grant the Society of Ohio Archivists perpetual use rights for the design;
  • The Society of Ohio Archivists has the right to license submitted designs for use in promotional and fundraising materials.

Put a little HEART in history and
submit your design today!