An Archive Week is the annual week-long celebration that usually takes place in the last months of the year. Each association or state select some events of local significance and celebrate it. These events draw public attention and play a significant role in raising awareness in common man. This proves to be an excellent opportunity of public education about state archivists. Besides public, they also link archivists to resource providers focusing on roles and responsibilities of these archivists.
The COSHRC encourages active participation in Archives Week organized by repositories all around the nation. The number of associations and repositories sponsoring Archives Week activities grow gradually every year. In 2002, Archives Weeks were held in almost 23 states and this number increased to 32 states in 2003. The next few years showed enormous increase in the number with COSHRC working diligently with SHRABs and all State Coordinators to encourage them and ensure their participation in Archives Week events.
During Archivist Weeks, a diversity of events is offered across the nation. These events include information fairs, exhibitions, open houses, lectures and tours around cities. Archivists reach out to the public informing them about significance of their work in people’s lives. A number of states issue special posters to celebrate Archives Week and promote these events.
Archives Weeks play a significant role in promoting the ideas and visions of COSHRC and reach out to the public otherwise inaccessible. Besides educating people and raising awareness, they give them a chance to enjoy themselves and spend some leisure time thinking outside their routine stuff and giving importance to historical preservation which otherwise is neglected. It gives a chance to public to interact with archivists and appreciate their efforts for a cause that is in benefit of every person of the nation.
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