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American Archives Month: I Found it in the Archives!

October 7, 2013

American Archives Month

Since 2006, primary source repositories in the United States have celebrated American Archives Month in October.  Archives and Special Collections protect the historical record by collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique materials. From personal correspondence and postcards home to business ledgers and organizational by-laws, archival documents provide clues that are crucial for researchers seeking to illuminate our past.

I Found it in the Archives logoDuring American Archives Month and the rest of the Fall semester, UTSA Special Collections offers you the opportunity to share your story of historical discovery in the archives through our I Found it in the Archives! contest. Your discovery might be something you uncovered while researching a collection in one of our reading rooms; or something that you found during research in our Digital Collections.

Contest Basics

By December 17th, 2013, please submit either a 400 word essay or a 2 minute video relating your tale of discovery and sharing the results of your search in the archives. Contact us if you have any questions!

  • You may submit only one entry through the submission form.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older at the date of entry.
  • You must not be a full-time employee of UTSA Libraries Special Collections.
  • Your entry becomes the property of The University of Texas at San Antonio.  We reserve the right to post your essay and photograph or video online.  Materials will not be returned.


At the end of the contest, a panel will judge all submissions and select the finalists. Finalists will be announced on January 15, 2014 and their entries will be posted onThe Top Shelf for open voting from January 15-27. Once the votes are counted, the winner will be announced on January 29th. The winner will receive a framed
8 x 10 print of their choice from UTSA Libraries Digital Collections.

The National Competition

The winner’s entry will be submitted to the national competition sponsored by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). National winners will be hosted at the Society of American Archivists Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. in August 2014.

How to Enter

Essays may be uploaded with this submission form. If you are submitting a video, please upload it to a video hosting site such as YouTube and include the URL in the submission form. . If preferred, entries can also be submitted in person at either of our reading rooms during regular hours.  Submitting a photo of yourself is optional, but encouraged.

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