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#AskAnArchivist Day 2020

October 8, 2020 Archive Insight, Think THF

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Promotional image for #AskAnArchivist Day 2020 from the Society of American Archivists.

One day every October (American Archives Month), archivists flock to Twitter for #AskAnArchivist Day. The event, organized by the Society of American Archivists (SAA), allows archivists to explain what they do and answer questions from the public in real-time.

This year, four representatives from our Archives--Sr. Manager, Archives & Library, Brian Wilson; Reference Archivist Kathy Makas; Processing Archivist Janice Unger; and Processing Archivist Hilary Severyn--took shifts answering questions from The Henry Ford's Twitter account. Between the four of them, they covered topics ranging from the availability of research assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic to our Ford Motor Company records to mustache-related puns. Below are some highlights from the day's Q&A.

To see everything we shared during #AskAnArchivist Day, you can browse those tweets here, and you can also follow Brian, Kathy, and Janice on their individual Twitter accounts.

If you have your own questions about the work of our Archives, or research questions we might be able to assist with, feel free to email to get in touch directly.

Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

21st century, 2020s, research, by Ellice Engdahl, archives, #Behind The Scenes @ The Henry Ford

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