Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October is Archives Month!

October is Archives Month, and while we are admittedly now half way to November, it's never too late to join in the fun!

We here in Historical Collections & Archives at OHSU invite you to visit us, either during our open hours (Thursdays, noon-3:00 p.m.) or by making an appointment (call 503-418-2287). Come see 16th-century books, some of our 15,000 historical images, artifacts from our 100-box Medical Museum Collection, or archival materials from one of our fantastic collections.

If you're interested in activities going on at archival repositories around Oregon, check out the Oregon Archives Month web site, courtesy of the State Archives.

Archives Month is also a great opportunity to look around at your own personal collections: the photos in your closet, the old letters in your desk drawer, the old stuff your grandfather gave you (which is still sitting in the garage). Call the archivist near you to get advice on handling and storage--or on the best place to donate your rare and valuable items, if you're running out of space at home. There are some great online resources out there as well, including this list of web sites compiled by the preservation staff at Harvard.

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