Join us on October 5 for #AskAnArchivist Day!

l_edward_lashman_jr_writing_on_chalkboardOn Wednesday, October 5, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things related to archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, will give you the opportunity to connect directly with archivists in your community—and around the country—to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity.

To participate, all you need is a Twitter account. Log in and pose questions to the archives community, or tweet directly at an archivist at UMass Boston using our handle @UMB_Archives. Be sure to include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist in your tweets!

We will be closely monitoring our Twitter account all day on October 5 and will happily answer any questions that you send our way. Do you have a specific question about one of our collections? Do you need help locating materials for your research? Is there something you’ve been longing to know about archives in general? Well, now is your chance to ask us!

If you’re not able to participate in #AskAnArchivist Day, you’re also more than welcome to email us at with any questions that you might have. We would love to hear from you!

Read the Society of American Archivists’ news release about #AskAnArchivist Day here.

Note: The above photograph is an edited and Photoshopped version of an image from our University Archives. The image shows L. Edward Lashman, Jr., a former vice president of development for the University of Massachusetts Boston, writing on chalkboard. View the unedited image here.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials related to the university’s history, as well as materials that reflect the institution’s urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email

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