Archives Month Top 10 Contest

Celebrate American Archives Month by voting for the item from Swem’s Special Collections you find most interesting. During the month of October, items selected from Special Collections will be competing for the public’s vote. You will have to choose between letters, scrapbooks, diaries, rare books, memorabilia and artifacts.

Voting is open to anyone and will be conducted both on-site and online. Individuals may vote once online (at Facebook or Flickr) and once on-site. Voting will end on Monday, October 28 at 3 p.m. One winner will be selected from online and one from on-site voters. A grand prize student winner will also be selected. Winners will receive Swem Library gift packages, including sticky notes, pencils, a t-shirt and other “Swemorabilia”. The grand prize student winner will receive a personal behind the scenes tour of Special Collections for up to 5 friends, coffee at the Mews and a Swem Library gift package.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

Entrants agree to have any comments on their ballots used to promote Swem Special Collections’ Archives Month Top 10. Winners agree to have their name and likeness used to promote Swem Library Special Collections. The contest is open to William & Mary students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public with the exception of Special Collections staff, who will be choosing the winners. Entrants may not reserve any rights in or to the submission. The decision of the judges is final. Void where prohibited.