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October Is American Archives Month

Every October, the State Archives of Florida joins repositories from across the nation in celebrating American Archives Month.

The 2019 theme, Tales From the Archives, brought to light the Archives’ darker side with presentations on genealogical research and preservation horrors, historic tours of the Old City Cemetery and a showing of the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

If you would like to partake in some of the offerings of Tales From the Archives, you can request copies of the Archives Month postcards or share one of your favorite Florida urban legends and ghost stories.

Please check back next October to see what fun awaits.   

Florida Urban Legends and Ghost Stories

The State Archives of Florida, in collaboration with the Florida Folklife Program, invites all Floridians to record and share retellings of your favorite Florida urban legends and ghost stories!

You can learn more about best practices for recording and preserving your own stories on the Florida Memory Blog.

From September 6 to October 31, share your stories on Facebook and YouTube under the hashtag #TalesFromFlorida or submit recordings to [email protected]. Donate your recordings to the State Archives as part of a new collection of urban legend oral histories to be featured on the Archives’ Facebook page

Follow the State Archives of Florida and the Florida Memory Program on social media. 

Contact us

Questions? Contact the State Archives by phone at 850.245.6719 or by email at [email protected]

Resources for celebrating Archives Month

The Society of American Archivists offers free public relations kits (PDF) to help you make your archives program more visible during American Archives Month.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.