October is Archives Month in South Dakota and in much of the United States. It provides an opportunity to celebrate our history and share our memories. But misconceptions prevent people from appreciating the wonders of archives.
One common misconception is that archives contain old stuff that’s hidden away that no one is allowed to use. The reality is that archives are busy, vibrant places filled with treasure troves of information, photos, letters, books, scrapbooks, films, tapes, vinyl records and CDs. While some materials are old, others are new — the latest issues of the DWU student newspaper and the campus newsletter are routinely added to the archives.
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