It's In The Archives



A basic definition of Archives reads, “a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people; the place where such documents or records are kept.”

"It's In The Archives" is a sampling of holdings of Archives of the Big Bend, which has as its purpose the documentation of the place and people of Texas west of the Pecos River and east of El Paso and the related borderlands of Mexico, primarily the state of Chihuahua.

For this exhibit, staff members of the Archives of the Big Bend were asked to choose personal favorites from the collections for display and give their reasons. As it turned out, the selections illustrate both the geographical and cultural range of the holdings of this Archives as well as the wide range of material types here and in archives in general.

The captions are based on the reasons the staff members gave for their selections. Some of the captions are addressed to the viewer as if in conversation. Reflection on the effects and uses of archives is apparent in these thoughtful and insightful comments. This dialogue about the documents makes it particularly appropriate to open the exhibit in October, the month traditionally set aside by Archives and Archivists to celebrate the profession and their collections.

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