On Saturday, June 9, the National Archives joins with archives around the world to celebrate International Archives Day, a commemoration of the day the International Council on Archives (ICA) was created in 1948. This day is dedicated to promoting the great work of archives and archivists in preserving & providing public access to our communitiesâ historical records & promoting access to government records for transparency & accountability.
The National Archives is an active participant in the ICA. I’m am proud to stand beside our colleagues in the worldwide archival profession as we share & learn from each other, address common issues, and promote the value of archives & their importance to our society & democracy.
On International Archives Day, archives all over the world host special events to show off their collections or the work that they do, & share stories with each other & with fans of archives worldwide. You can see an interactive globe map of International Archives Day events on the International Council on Archives website, along with a special online exhibition highlighting the history & activities of the ICA from 1948 to 2018.
Join the National Archives in this globe celebration for a special event in Washington, DC this Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 10:00am to 5:30pm. There will be hands-on activities in the Boeing Learning Center exploring the work of the National Archives & some of the important records protected here. Peruse the National Archives Museum & see some of the ways that American Memory is protected for current & future generations. This event is completely free & open to the public.
You can learn more about the history of International Archives Day and the involvement of the National Archives on our Pieces of History blog. We look forward to welcoming you at the National Archives Museum on June 9.