Introduction to Archives Week 2003
Archives Week in Virginia celebrates those institutions and individuals that help preserve and make accessible the important records of our actions as citizens, businesses, religious groups, government and society. The work of these institutions and individuals give us a sense of being part of a larger picture and helps us begin to see ourselves connected to others-family, community, nation or a group defined by ethnicity, religion, work or play.
This year marks the second annual state-wide celebration of Archives Week in Virginia. Once again, the Library of Virginia, in conjunction with the Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the Library of Virginia Foundation, have produced a poster commemorating the commonwealth's archival and special collections repositories and the rich cultural record they protect. The poster, themed "A Commonwealth of Cultures," would not have been complete without the contribution of images from institutions across the state, including The Chrysler Museum of Art; the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; George Mason University; Historical Collections and Services, Clause Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia; Special Collections at the University of Virginia; Virginia Commonwealth University; Virginia State University; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Other images from these institutions are also available on this web site, as well as links to repositories across the state. Both the 2002 and 2003 Archives Week posters are included, as is a list of Archives Week events scheduled at the Library of Virignia and a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Mark Warner. Follow the links on the map of Virginia and learn more about the regions and the institutions located in them.
While you are encouraged to explore all aspects of our web site during Archives Week in Virginia, please take time to learn more about your local archival institutions and encourage others to recognize their contribution to the quality of life in our communities.