October was American Archives Month and we celebrated all month long by sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the Museum’s vast archival collection and the work of our amazing archival staff and volunteers. Our archives hold things like:

  • important early correspondence and documents regarding the building of our iconic California Building and Tower
  • notes and journals by anthropologists from the 1890s to the 1980s
  • hundreds of thousands of photographs that span the globe
  • That’s not even the half of it!

Researchers use our archival collections to study contextual information about objects in our collection, explore the methodologies of past collectors, and to learn about the 100-year history of the Museum.

A highlight of Archives Month was when museum archivist Kelly Revak took over our Twitter account for “Ask an Archivist Day.” Twitter users sent in a bunch of questions to her about her work, the Museum’s collection, and the archival field in general. Here are some highlights:

Archives Month may be over, but you can keep up with us on Instagram for even more behind-the-scenes peeks at our archives and collections.

Pictured at top: Archival intern, Michaelle, helps process anthropologist Spencer MacCallum’s photographs of Mata Ortiz Pottery.