#AskAnArchivist Day, scheduled for Oct. 7 this year, is a day-long event that is sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. This event encourages community members to connect with local archivists by asking questions and learning more about how each archivist preserves historical materials.
Kelly Francis-Love, who has been the archivist at the Museum of South Texas History since November 2017, will answer questions about being an archivist at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 on the museum’s Facebook Live page, www.facebook.com/mosthistory/live.
So, what does that mean to be an archivist? Is it the same as an architect? What are the job duties of an archivist? An archivist collects and manages historical materials such as documents, photographs, newspapers and maps. These materials are organized in a way that makes them available to researchers, and, in some cases, artifacts or references in museum exhibits.
“Lots of people say that ‘sorting papers’ sounds boring,” Francis-Love said. “It is so much more than that. It’s being able to hold a piece of history in your hands and knowing other people’s stories.”
At the MOSTHistory, Francis-Love also serves as the leader and supervisor of the collections team, which manages 3D artifacts as well as paper materials. The archives and collections team also manage records created within the museum, produce exhibits, consult with donors and assist with research requests.
“I love to think about an item’s origin story and what journey it has taken to end up here at the museum,” Francis-Love said.
Hear more about Francis-Love’s archivist role at the museum during the Facebook Live presentation at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.