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I Found It In the Archives! Contest

October 22, 2012


The BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY is sponsoring the I Found It In The Archives essay and video contest to show how the items and information found in the nation’s archives touch peoples’ lives. We’re seeking entrants who have found something special in our collections – records, documents, photos, recordings, a meaningful item or treasure. If it has meaning to you (be it funny, sad, touching, or just plain interesting), it has meaning to us and is a wonderful basis for your entry. Between now and the close of entries at midnight on February 1, 2013, we ask that you submit either:

  • A 400-word essay describing your quest for information and explaining why finding it has made a difference for you, along with a color photograph of you and the item.
  • A video of no more than 2 minutes in which you describe your discovery and explain what finding it has meant to you. Use of music, additional images, and general creativity are encouraged!

An entry form (which is downloadable) must accompany your entry and can be submitted along with the essay or video as an attachment to your email. You may also drop off your entry and this form at our offices at the Lisle campus archives, located in the Benedictine University Library, Kindlon Hall lower level. If submitting a video, you may upload it to your personal YouTube account and share the location and the entry/release form with us by email.

There will be 10 finalists in this competition, 6 in the student/alumni/public division, 4 in the staff/faculty division, whose essays and videos will be posted online for a public vote. The student/alumni/public essay and video and the staff/faculty essay and video with the most votes will be declared the winners and will receive special recognition and a behind-the-scenes, all-access tour of the archives and its rarest items. Student/alumni/public winners will also have the opportunity to compete in the Society of American Archivists national competition.

Contact Julie Wroblewski for more details on the contest.

Download the contest rules, entry form, and release form today!



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