Events and Exhibits Across the State Illinois State Archives

Chicago Open Archives: Celebrating Illinois History
Month-long, Multi-Cultural Institution Event
October 1-31, 2018, Chicago and suburbs
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Chicago Open Archives is a month-long opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the history and cultural heritage of our city, state, and world through the collections of institutions through the Chicagoland area. This event is a great opportunity to showcase your collections to a wider audience than is usually possible. This year, in conjunction with the Illinois Bicentennial, we are highlighting items and collections that celebrate Illinois with the theme Chicago Archives 200: Celebrating Illinois History.

Keeping Track of Your Research in the Archives
University of Illinois Research Strategies Workshop
University Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801
October 3, 2018, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Getting ready for a research trip? This workshop will teach you strategies for taking and keeping track notes, images, and other outputs from your trip to the archives, techniques for working with many files and file names, and how to organize your research processes.

Ask an Archivist Day
Society of American Archivists
October 3, 2018

On October 3, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

Quad Cities Archives Crawl
Multi-Institution Event
Hosted by Augustana College, Davenport (Iowa) Public Library, and St. Ambrose University
October 6, 10 a.m.
Contact: Lisa Huntsha,, 309-794-7496

What hidden treasures exist at the libraries, archives, and museums of the Quad Cities? Join cultural and historical organizations on Saturday, October 6 to learn more about their collections and services. Visit three host sites across the Quad Cities to learn about over 15 organizations. Take behind-the-scenes tours, listen to talks on historical events, peoples, and places, and learn about the area's trove of historical gems. (Schedule of talks coming soon).

Electronic Records Day
Council of State Archivists
October 10

Electronic Records Day is designed to raise awareness among state government agencies, the general public, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in their world.

Chicago Area Medical Archivists Fall History Symposium
Prentice Women's Hospital (2nd floor—Classroom J), 250 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611
October 11, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Space is limited; Please RSVP for the symposium by October 1st via email:

In recognition of October being American Archives Month, the Chicago Area Medical Archivists (CAMA) announces its (almost) annual Fall Medical History Symposium. This year's program includes morning presentations followed by a moderated open forum recalling Chicago medical history during the tumultuous year of 1968. Feel free to submit low-resolution JPEG's from your institutional or personal collections for inclusion in a slide presentation. Email images to and be sure to include caption/attribution information.

2018 Arlington Heights Home Movie Day
Presented in partnership with Chicago Film Archive and Downtown Mediaworks
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
October 13, 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Contact: Bryan Bednarek,, 847-870-5222 or call 847-392-0100 to register

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and local history held annually at many local venues worldwide. This is an opportunity for you and your family to share your own home movies with your community and enjoy seeing their stories as well. We provide all the screening equipment, and all you need to bring is your tape or film and a story to share. Even if you don't wish to screen anything, you can still come to enjoy the show as an audience member! For more information about Home Movie Day, check out their website:

Archives Month Open House
Loyola University of Chicago Archives and Special Collections
Loyola University (Cudahy Library 218), Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
October 18, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

"Archives Bazzar: Discover the History of Champaign County!"
Champaign County Historical Archives
The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801
October 20, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Contact: 217-367-4025

Discover photographs, documents, films, maps, and artifacts held in the incredible archival and museum collections right here in Champaign County! Enjoy learning about these fascinating resources in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Bazaar is FREE and features booths where you can chat it up with your local archivists and curators. Featuring: the Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Museum of the Grand Prairie, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Global Archives Sojourn
Global Archives of the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs
Institute for Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640
October 21-27
Contact: Jean Long 720-633-5008;

The Ecumenical Institute & Institute of Cultural Affairs has a rich history of global human development since 1959. Join us in transforming more than 50 years of programs, projects, methods and training by staff and volunteers into an ICA Archives Website to be launched by the end of the year and accessible to anyone in the world.

2018 Chicago Home Movie Day
Co-sponsored by the Chicago Film Archives and the Chicago Film Society
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
October 27, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Once again, Chicago Film Archives and the Chicago Film Society join forces to present Chicago Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum. Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods-in-transition. Many Chicagoans still possess these old reels, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely. That's where Home Movie Day comes in: you bring the films (16mm, 8mm and/or Super 8mm), and we inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—all free of charge.

Special Collections Open House (Edward Gorey Collection)
Loyola University of Chicago Archives and Special Collections
Loyola University (Cudahy Library 218), Lake Shore Campus, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
October 29, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m
Contact: Kathy Young

The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is celebrating American Archives Month by holding an Open House highlighting the work of Edward Gorey. Visit us to learn more about the Edward Gorey collection at Special Collections. Co-sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections and the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities.