New Lilian K Beam Library 11102008

Construction of USIU-Africa’s first Library in 1991. PHOTO: MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

This Summer, the USIU-Africa Library and Information Center will celebrate for the first time, the International Archives Day through a series of activities from Tuesday June 12 through to Thursday, June 14.

Through the Archives Week, the Library desires to celebrate documentary history, to launch the USIU-Africa Archives, raise awareness of the value of archival materials and archival repositories, and encourage the USIU-Africa community to identify and avail records and artifacts of enduring historical value, for preservation.

Archives are said to ‘unlock doors from the past’, provide ‘documentary evidence of past events’ kept because they have continuing value. By housing permanently valuable records, archives have preserved the documentary heritage of a particular group, thus becoming working tools of organizations that produced large amounts of documents in the course of their activities. The Archives are expected to tell the University’s history right from very humble beginnings, and to preserve this history for posterity.

This kind of preservation is expected to allow the University to not only strengthen its collective memory but also to protect the rights of the community, its property and identity. Additionally, the primary materials collected by the Archives are expected to provide current and future researchers with an irreplaceable research treasure trove.

The Archives Week will feature an exhibition at the Library atrium, a short program to officially launch the Archives accompanied by a talk, refreshments and a tour of the Archives.