Let´s celebrate democracy and rights on June 9th. 2015


Detail from the first page on the first democratic constitution in the kingdom of Denmark. The original is kept at The National Achives of Denmark. (Original photo: Karsten Bundgaard, Det Kongelige Bibliotek – original is found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/statensarkiver/sets/72157626683287892 )

Celebrating International Archives Day 2015
June 9th. and International Archives Day is almost here again. There are so many topics to choose from! But we propose, that this years activities concentrate on democracy in many ways.

Topic: democracy
The National Archives of the United Kingdom has come up with this topic, suggesting that we make June 9th. a “Twitter day where archives share stories and records within their collection showcasing democracy and rights in different ways”.

It is a subject, that most archives can relate to and tell stores about. No matter if you are a large, national archive, a municipal institution or a community archive, we all have records and other material, that can be used to tell the story of democratic development, and people who have stood up for their rights.

Ideas about what to share, could be records that:

  • have established fundamental rights in your country
  • tell the story of individuals, who played a part in establishing democratic conditions
  • relate to rights of specific groups ( indigenous, ethnic, LGBT, women, children…)
  • show the history of the right to form trade unions and political or religious communities
  • picture election and election days, both national and local
  • sound archives with important speaches, interviews etc.

Your contribution, your choice
And finally – your contribution could naturally also be constitutional documents of huge importance and great archival beauty. It is your choice, and we look forward to your contribution.

#IAD15 #democracy
If you wish to join, make a comment below stating your Twitter handle as “reply” to this post. And on June 9th. post your content to relevant platforms – blogs, flickr, instagram, your website, etc. – and tweet about it using the combination of two tags: #IAD15 #democracy.

Join International Archives Day on Twitter!
We hope a lot of archives will join, and help show the world, how archives play a vital part in documenting the history of democracy.

This Twitter event #IAD15 #democracy is organized by Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists.


Cartoon on the friction between two political parties in Dutch elections (scale based on the balance in Middelburg, province of Zeeland). Lithography by Joh. Braakensiek, 1897. Source: Zeeuws Archief-Zeeland Archives, Zeeuws Genootschap, Zelandia Illustrata III, no. 362.

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Results #WW1archives June 10 2014


Great day June 10

What a great day we had on June 10, 2014, celebrating International Archives Day with the Twitter event #WW1archives!
Lots of archives, liraries, museums, other heritage organisations and tweeps participated, tweeting about the First World War in their archives or private collections.

#WW1archives Day started in New Zealand and Australia with at least seven organisations and tweeps tweeting about the Great War in their archives and collections. Other participating countries followed, most of them in Europe (we counted 14 twittering organisations in The Netherlands, but the UK and France were leading on tweets), but also in South-Africa and the Middle-East. And the last countries that joined #WW1archives were the America’s and Canada, who also did a great job.

Almost 1,000 users did more than 2,000 tweets and retweets with a potential reach of almost 1,600,000 and over 5,300,000 impressions.

We enjoyed the documents, pictures, objects and all kinds of resources. It’s amazing to see what a treasures we keep in our archives and collections! And we saw a lot of data bases to search for soldiers and refugees. Good work!

We also saw private persons who made wonderful projects or stories of their search for ancestors who were soldier of refugee in the Great War, and persons who shared their privat collections of, for instance, magazines or postcards. Thanks for your special contributions!


We made some statistic reviews on the use of the hashtag #WW1archives using the tool Keyhole:
1. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives – Keyhole – overview
2. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives – Keyhole -media

Archiving tweets

We archived tweets in three Storify’s:
1. Documentes about the Great War 1914-1918
2. Pictures of the Great War 1914-1918
3. Online resources about the Great War 1914-1918

Next event

We hope you enjoyed participating #WW1archives! The idea to tweet about the First World War in archives and collections came from Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives in Germany. Do you have an idea for a next international Twitter event on @FollowAnArchive and @AskArchivists? Please let us know.

Thanks to you all for making #WW1archives Day such a great archives event, to show all the resources we keep for people to investigate and make the discovery of their live!

Charlotte and Anneke

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Join #WW1archives on June 10, 2014


Twitter event on June 10, 2014
In 2014 International Archives Day (June 9) falls on Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. Most archives are closed that day. So we decided to organize the annual Twitter event on Tuesday, June 10.

World War I – 1914-2014
The German archivist Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives came up with a good idea: let’s pay attention to the beginning of the First World War or The Great War, that began 100 years ago in 1914.

The Great War in archives
We ask all archives and other heritage organizations to search their collections for documents related to the First World War 1914-1918. Even countries that were neutral during the Great War, can perhaps find some records about, for instance, aid to refugees, or military or financial support to soldiers, families, countries in need.

Subjects to look for and tweet about
Archival documents, records, newspapers, pictures, drawings, postcards, paintings, etc. about:

– Soldiers
– Families and loved ones of soldiers
– Battlefields
– Refugees
– Aid / Support
– Governments
– Weapons
– Mobilisation
– Diseases
– War cemeteries
– History before, during, after 1914-1918, all related to the First World War

Join @AskArchivists and @FollowAnArchive on #WW1archives Day on Twitter, June 10, 2014.
In due time you will find more information on the two blogs https://askarchivists.wordpress.com/ and http://followanarchive.blogspot.nl/ .


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Selfie? Shelfie? #ArchiveShelfie!

Tweet: Hey, all over the world, want to participate with ? Be creative with your shelves!

This tweet was the beginning of great fun in archives! Archivists of the Dutch Regionaal Archief Tilburg came up with this fantastic idea as a follow up of #shelfie (a picture or portrait of your bookshelf). They thought: “Why not a picture or portrait of your favorite archive shelf?” And so #ArchiveShelfie was born.

Archivists and visitors of archives came up with awesome pictures. Not only shelves with boxes, papers and all other kinds of archival stuff were recorded on camera, but also minuature archivists made of paper or Lego, and even an archive dwarf, showed up.

And of course archivists photographed them selves in, near, over, between, behind, in front of and on top of shelves and even under or on top of archives :-)

You can see all this amazing pictures in the Storify of #ArchiveShelfie.

The event #ArchiveShelfie is still going on and will be for as long as it takes. So… join the event and be creative with yourselve, your shelves and your archives!

Thanks to the collegues of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg, who started this event on Twitter, for coming up with such a great idea!

Have lots of fun making your own #ArchiveShelfie!

Articles about the Twitter event #ArchiveShelfie

Weblog RA Tilburg

Archief 2.0




Jojanneke on Storify

Karen on Storify

Follow An Archive

SABC Media Libraries


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Happy New Year – 2014


We wish you all the best in 2014!

May all your archives wishes come true in the New Year!

Charlotte and Anneke

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Fun and archival #archivesdoodles

The activity leading up to International Archives Day 2013 showed fun – and very archival – doodles. Take a look at them – according to tweetreach, the tag had 45.280 impressions.


Imagine how much attention the possibilities in archives of the world could get, if a doodle came to Google. Maybe next year?

The idea is still good… and at least it has shown some creativity in archives :-)3   4521BlogsAAandFAA_Archivesdoodle2013

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International Archives Day dedicated to archives in need


On of the first pictures of the destroyed city archives of Cologne. Author: F. Domahs, 2009.

Archives are a fantastic resource for us all. They help us grow in knowledge and understanding of past and present. They empower us to investigate the history we need and the stories we care about. Archives are necessary.

But not all archives are well

On March 3 2009, the city archives of Cologne, Germany collapsed, and with it thousands of documents belonging to one of the oldest city archives in Europe. Holdings reached back to 1408/09 and the oldest document stored was from 922. A huge part of the archives was buried by the collaps. Aabout 40.000 charters, collection of photo and film as well as some of the iconic medieval documents and a collection of seals were saved.

To rebuild or not to be rebuild?

But although part of the collections have been saved, the municipality has recently decided to freeze the build of a new city archives. A decision, which has been critized by both the German Association of Archivists (VdA) as well as ICA, the International Council on Archives.

The archives in Cologne can be supported in different ways, among others this petition.

Let’s support all archives in need

But we are almost certain, that there are a lot of archives in the world, which also need attention. Archives threatened by for instance consequences of climate change, lack of appropriate facilities or other negative influences.

#savearchives on June 9

So, on June 9th support the archives in Cologne – and all other archives in need. Tweet about them using the hashtag #savearchives, include blogposts, articles and petitions. We will gather links on this blog and summarize.

Hopefully our attention and support can help #savearchives!

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