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Thanks for a great October!

Our October Archives Month blog campaign comes to an end today.  Last October, the historians set a goal of 1 blog per business day to get as many people interested in history as we could.  We didn’t even have a number in mind.  We had over 8,000 pageviews that month, and were thrilled that so many people from all over the world navigated to our site. 

As many of the regular readers could guess, I love this blog.  It is one of my favorite things about my job, and I am always trying to think of new and exciting ways to make history as fun for everyone else as it is for me.  This year’s October campaign goal was to get 15,000 page views.  That is very ambitious, even I have to admit that.  The most pageviews we’ve ever had was just over 13,000 in a month.  But I think we’re close, and it’ll be a few more days before all the statistics get their final tally.  I am literally on the edge of my desk chair with excitement about this. 

Before I fall off the chair entirely, though, here’s a great summary of what an archive is, and just what we’re trying to both preserve and promote.  In our role as CECOM historians, we act as both archivists and historians (and sometimes paper conservators). 

• In the course of daily life, individuals, organizations, and governments create and keep information about their activities.  Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to the portions of this information that have lasting value. Archivists keep records that have enduring value as reliable memories of the past, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.
• These records, and the places in which they are kept, are called “archives.” Archival records take many forms, including correspondence, diaries, financial and legal documents, photographs, video or sound recordings, and electronic records.
• An archive serves to strengthen collective memory by creating a reliable information bank that provides access to an irreplaceable asset – an organization’s, government’s, or society’s primary sources.
• Archival records are essential to support society’s increasing demand for accountability and transparency in government and public and private institutions.
• Archival records protect the rights, property, and identity of our citizens.
• Archivists play a key role in ensuring that the digital records being created today will be accessible when needed in the future.
• American Archives Month is a time to focus on the importance of records of enduring value and to enhance public recognition for the people and programs that are responsible for maintaining our communities’ vital historical records.

Thanks again for a great month!

Historically,

Chrissie, Susan, and Floyd

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