June 9 is the day when professionals and organizations in the archival community unite their voices to show the world why it is essential to support archives and the profession. Today, the fourth day of #IAW2022, we have brought together archivists, records managers and private and public archival institutions from around the world to share with us how #ArchivesAreYou with photos, videos, and even audios!

Have you already shared yours? #ArchivesAreYou could be your team in your National Archives or the records that you found in your personal archives. #ArchivesAreYou could be the communities that are creating stories through oral histories or the documents that are now digitized and available to the public.

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ArchivesAreYou and #IAW2022 so that everyone can see that you are part of this global archival community! 

Do you know why June 9 was designated as International Archives Day?

During the 2004 International Congress in Vienna, 2000 attending participants adopted a resolution requesting that the United Nations (UN) designates a specific day to mark the importance and value of archives.

In 2005, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared October 27 as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH) during the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, France. WDAH makes an occasion to raise widespread awareness of the need to take urgent measures and acknowledge the importance of audio-visual documents as a representation of our shared heritage and memory. However, audio-visual documents are only a portion of our documentary heritage that warrants international attention.

Subsequently, it was decided at the 2007 ICA Annual General Meeting that June 9 would be celebrated as International Archives Day. This date was obvious: on the 9th of June 1948 the International Council on Archives was created under the auspices of UNESCO.

Constitución (del Consejo Internacional de Archivos) aprobada en la reunión inaugural del Consejo Provisional, 1948.
One year later the first International Archives Day was celebrated, coinciding with the 60th Anniversary of ICA but it wasn’t until 2019 that the ICA expanded the event to an entire week. During International Archives Week (IAW), organisations worldwide share their events and participate alongside ICA to promote the value and importance of archives and archivists.