In recognition of October’s designation as American Archives Month, Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October to also be Arkansas Archives Month.
In a proclamation signed on September 14, 2015, Gov. Hutchinson encouraged Arkansans to “discover the abundance of documentary treasures contained in our State’s archival repositories” and states that “through these archives, every generation of Arkansan can study the history and learn from the experiences and accomplishments of our ancestors.”
Arkansas Archives Month celebrates the importance of the state’s historical records and recognizes the work done by those who maintain these records. This year, as part of the observance, the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives has created an Archives Month poster and is hosting a collaborative film event, Arkansas’s Reel History, featuring historic film footage from six archival institutions around the state. The event will be held October 10 from 1-6 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock’s River Market.
Established in 2006, American Archives Month is observed annually during the month of October by archival institutions around the country. Archives Month was created with the purpose of raising awareness of the importance of archives and the work of archivists.
“Archives Month marks the culmination of a year-long commemoration at the Arkansas History Commission of 110 years of collecting and preserving Arkansas history,” noted Dr. Lisa Speer, Commission Director. “I can think of no more appropriate way to celebrate Archives Month, and bring our year of celebration to a close, than this film festival, which demonstrates the power of collaboration when archives work together for the common purposes of preserving Arkansas history and promoting it to the public that we all serve.”
The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.
Arkansas’s Reel History is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.