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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Results #WW1archives June 10 2014


Great day June 10

What a great day we had on June 10, 2014, celebrating International Archives Day with the Twitter event #WW1archives! Lots of archives, liraries, museums, other heritage organisations and tweeps participated, tweeting about the First World War in their archives or private collections.

#WW1archives Day started in New Zealand and Australia with at least seven organisations and tweeps tweeting about the Great War in their archives and collections. Other participating countries followed, most of them in Europe (we counted 14 twittering organisations in The Netherlands, but the UK and France were leading on tweets), but also in South-Africa and the Middle-East. And the last countries that joined #WW1archives were the America's and Canada, who also did a great job.

Almost 1,000 users did more than 2,000 tweets and retweets with a potential reach of almost 1,600,000 and over 5,300,000 impressions.

We enjoyed the documents, pictures, objects and all kinds of resources. It's amazing to see what a treasures we keep in our archives and collections! And we saw a lot of data bases to search for soldiers and refugees. Good work!

We also saw private persons who made wonderful projects or stories of their search for ancestors who were soldier of refugee in the Great War, and persons who shared their privat collections of, for instance, magazines or postcards. Thanks for your special contributions!


We made some statistic reviews on the use of the hashtag #WW1archives using the tool Keyhole:
1. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives - Keyhole - overview
2. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives - Keyhole -media  

Archiving tweets

We archived tweets in three Storify's:
1. Documentes about the Great War 1914-1918
2. Pictures of the Great War 1914-1918
3. Online resources about the Great War 1914-1918  

Next event

We hope you enjoyed participating #WW1archives! The idea to tweet about the First World War in archives and collections came from Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives in Germany. Do you have an idea for a next international Twitter event on @FollowAnArchive and @AskArchivists? Please let us know. Thanks to you all for making #WW1archives Day such a great archives event, to show all the resources we keep for people to investigate and make the discovery of their live!

Charlotte and Anneke

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Join #WW1archives on June 10, 2014

Twitter event on June 10, 2014
In 2014 International Archives Day (June 9) falls on Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. Most archives are closed that day. So we decided to organize the annual Twitter event on Tuesday, June 10.

World War I – 1914-2014
The German archivist Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives came up with a good idea: let’s pay attention to the beginning of the First World War or The Great War, that began 100 years ago in 1914.

The Great War in archives
We ask all archives and other heritage organizations to search their collections for documents related to the First World War 1914-1918. Even countries that were neutral during the Great War, can perhaps find some records about, for instance, aid to refugees, or military or financial support to soldiers, families, countries in need.

Subjects to look for and tweet about
Archival documents, records, newspapers, pictures, drawings, postcards, paintings, etc. about:
- Soldiers
- Families and loved ones of soldiers
- Battlefields
- Refugees
- Aid / Support
- Governments
- Weapons
- Mobilisation
- Diseases
- War cemeteries
- History before, during, after 1914-1918, all related to the First World War

Join @AskArchivists and @FollowAnArchive on #WW1archives Day on Twitter, June 10, 2014.
In due time you will find more information on the two blogs and .


Saturday, March 1, 2014


Selfie? Shelfie? #Archiveshelfie!

Tweet: Hey, #archives all over the world, want to participate with #ArchiveShelfie? Be creative with your shelves! #shelfie

This tweet was the beginning of great fun in archives! Archivists of the Dutch Regionaal Archief Tilburg came up with this fantastic idea as a follow up of #shelfie (a picture or portrait of your bookshelf). They thought: “Why not a picture or portrait of your favorite archive shelf?” And so #ArchiveShelfie was born.

Archivists and visitors of archives came up with awesome pictures. Not only shelves with boxes, papers and all other kinds of archival stuff were recorded on camera, but also minuature archivists made of paper or Lego, and even an archive dwarf, showed up.

And of course archivists photographed them selves in, near, over, between, behind, in front of and on top of shelves and even under or on top of archives :-)

You can see all this amazing pictures in the Storify of #ArchiveShelfie.

The event #ArchiveShelfie is still going on and will be for as long as it takes. So… join the event and be creative with yourselve, your shelves and your archives!

Thanks to the collegues of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg, who started this event on Twitter, for coming up with such a great idea!

Have lots of fun making your own #ArchiveShelfie!

Articles about the Twitter event #ArchiveShelfie

Weblog RA Tilburg
Archief 2.0
Jojanneke on Storify
Karen on Storify
Ask Archivists
SABC Media Libraries