Open Archives 2020

Crossing our fingers for an in-person Cambridge Open Archives in 2021! Be well and safe.

The 12th Annual Cambridge Open Archives: 

June 15-19, 2020 

Cambridge Open Archives is going virtual! Earlier this spring we made the decision to cancel this year's in-person Cambridge Open Archives event, originally scheduled to take place this week, June 15-19, 2020, at various archives and collecting institutions around Cambridge. 

In place of the physical event, the CHC and 7 archives and archives-adjacent repositories will be participating in a "virtual" Cambridge Open Archives. Each day between June 15-19, one or two different archives will share selections from their physical and digital collections on their Instagram accounts. Follow along with the hashtag #VirtualCambridgeOpenArchives on Instagram and check out our Instagram account @cambridgehistoricalcommission  for more info.



What is Open Archives?

Cambridge Open Archives, sometimes called the Cambridge archives crawl, is an annual free event that offers members of the public the rare chance to visit a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. Cambridge Open Archives is organized by the Cambridge Historical Commission. 

What are archives?

Here's a good description. 

What kinds of things will I see at Open Archives?

This varies from place to place. Most archives set up displays of special collections materials - photographs, correspondence, documents, maps, art, and more - while archives staff are on hand to tell stories and answer questions.

In previous years, participating institutions have planned their tours and collection displays around a special theme. Past Open Archives themes have included Adventures in Gastronomy, Cambridge in the 1860s, Spaces: Profane and Sacred, Living and Dying in Cambridge, and New Acquisitions & Old Treasures, and Politics and Activism. Whatever each institution decides to display, you are guaranteed to see a wonderful variety of unique materials.

Does Open Archives cost anything?

Open Archives is completely free! Because this year's event is virtual and online, no prior registration is needed.

Do you take volunteers for Open Archives?

No volunteers are needed this year, but thank you! Stay home and stay well!

Anything else I should know?

Be sure to follow the Instagram hashtag #VirtualCambridgeOpenArchives and check out our Instagram account @cambridgehistoricalcommission for more info. Different participating archives will be posting each day this week, so keep checking the app for updates and new posts! 

Add likes, comments or questions on the posts so we know what you think!