Ask an Archivist Day
Wednesday, October 7
When you hear the word “archivist,” what comes to mind? Someone who handles papers and folders all day long?
You’re right, but it’s much so more than that! Think of archivists as story collectors who help preserve history by organizing and taking care of unique materials such as documents, letters, photographs, blueprints, audio and visual recordings, digital files—anything that needs to stick around for a while—and making them accessible to the public. Archivists are often active in their local communities, seeking more equitable ways to document history and serve constituents. They also travel to see donors regarding potential acquisitions—our archivists recently traveled to Dixon, Illinois, to accompany the Chicago Sun-Times Photography Collection delivery to CHM.
On October 7, find out more about this field on Ask an Archivist Day when archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Two of CHM’s archivists will be answering inquiries through our Twitter account:
- 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Hannah Zuber is CHM’s archivist for visual materials. She manages the Museum’s still and moving image collections, which contain more than 6.5 million images and more than 4 million feet of moving images. In addition to her role as an archivist, Zuber is also trained as a public historian and feels strongly that museums share the role of interpreting history with the public. Outside of the archives, she is an avid reader and reluctant cook (but enthusiastic eater).
- 1:00–5:00 p.m. – Angela Solis is CHM’s archivist for manuscripts and architecture collections, which total over 20,000 linear feet of material. She is responsible for managing these collections as well as engaging in outreach activities to gather new stories for the archives. Solis is also involved in assisting the development of renovating the basement of the Museum. While not in the basement surrounded by documents and moving boxes, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing Animal CrossingTM on her Switch.
We look forward to answering your questions!
Wondering what to ask? How about:
- “Have you ever seen a ghost in a storage area?”
- “What should I do to be sure that my emails won’t get lost?”
- “What’s your worst archival injury?”
- “How did you become an archivist?”
- “What’s the best way to preserve my family’s photographs?”
- “Why aren’t more things digitized?”