Happy International Archives Day 2017!

June 9th is upon once again and many of you may remember that this date means International Archives Day.

Here’s the inspiring message from David Fricker, President of the International Council on Archives (ICA):

“This year’s International Archives Day theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism” resonates with our ICA mission to encourage and support the development of archives in all countries while respecting cultural diversity.

Through the sharing of experiences, research and archival records management we enrich and strengthen our role as archivists. In supporting accountability, access to records and good governance, we are directly contributing to democracy and the enhancement of citizen’s rights.

Congratulations to all of you who have organised an event around the theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism” for today. Your involvement in International Archives Day highlights the rich contribution archival collections make to the world and the essential role of the archivists.”

Check out the International Archives Day Program Map on the ICA Website.


Records on display at the National Archives of Fiji during IAD 2016


Many organisations in the Pacific Islands will be celebrating this day.

In Port Moresby the National Archives and Public Records Services of PNG is organizing the IAD. They have formed a small organizing committee to inform Records Managers of various government agencies and major libraries in PNG and the Information and Communication Science Strand of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea. The Activities they  have planned include film shows, an exhibition and tours to the National Archives by Schools in Port Moresby. The highlight of the International Archives Day will be an exhibition of the Centenary Photographic Exhibition of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Parish of Port Moresby 1915 – 2015.

The Solomon Islands National Archives will celebrate the event on their front lawn. Displays will be placed for public viewing, and an information desk will also be set-up for those who attend.

Hopefully, other organizations in the region will be celebrating this important day. Check the PARBICA Facebook page for photos and stories.


About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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