Archival Anniversaries

275 YEARS
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA (1743) – “The oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of ‘promoting useful knowledge.'”

American Philosophical Society

80 YEARS
Illinois State Archives, building, Springfield, IL (October 26, 1938) – The building now named the “Margaret Cross Norton building” was dedicated at the same time that the second meeting of the Society of American Archivists convened in Springfield, Illinois.

Illinois State Archives, Margaret Cross Norton building

75 YEARS
Woman’s Rights Collection, Cambridge, MA (1943) – Forming the nucleus of the collections of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, this collection was also known as the Maud Wood Park collection.

Woman’s Rights Collection, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University

70 YEARS
International Council on Archives (June 9, 1948) – A nongovernmental organization formed to achieve cooperation among archives and archivists across the globe.

International Council on Archives

55 YEARS
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT (1963) – Major rare book and manuscript repository on the campus of Yale University.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

50 YEARS
UCLA Film and Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA (1968) – Film Archive was founded on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Film and Television Archive

20 YEARS
Encoded Archival Description, [Online everywhere] (August 1998) – Version 1.0 of EAD DTD was released at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists held in Orlando, Florida.

Encoded Archival Description, Official Site, Library of Congress

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