Ever wonder what goes on at the local university, library, museum, or government archives? What sort of drama unfolds there? What do archives hold? Explore the Days of Archives: A Real-Life Soap Opera exhibit to uncover historical plot twists, reveal lost stories, solve mysteries, and find secrets. Unravel different narratives and perspectives contained in photographs, documents, maps, diaries, and other materials. Learn how archivists help students, researchers, and the public fulfill their greatest needs and desires. Get a behind the scenes look at the benefits and difficulties of preserving and using archival material. Experience the stories, power, and meaning of archives.
The lost cannot be recovered; but let us save what remains; not by vaults and locks which fence them in from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such multiplication of copies as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.
— Thomas Jefferson, February 18, 1791.