Chicago Open Archives 2017

Celebrate archives month throughout October with CAA’s signature outreach event, Chicago Open Archives (COA). 

The Chicago Open Archives Working Group is excited to share a new format for 2017.  The theme, Hidden Stories, gives you the opportunity to share a story from your collections highlighting specific “clues” (documents, artifacts, images, maps) that create a narrative.  Get creative and design an event around the theme.  These “hidden stories” will be promoted as Spotlight events.  Visitors will be encouraged to attend multiple Spotlight events during the month-long celebration uncovering “clues” along the way.

Thinking about hosting a Spotlight event? Join us for a workshop to get inspired, share ideas, and design activities on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Register now!


Following the theme is not required for participation in Chicago Open Archives and all events submitted will be included on the calendar.

All events must be submitted by August 22, 2017. Host sites will receive customizable promotional materials as PDF files in early September.

Submit your event for Chicago Open Archives 2017

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