society of american archivists archives sassy jane genealogyI Found It in the Archives 2013 is announced today by the Society of American Archivists There are five finalists for the I Found It in the Archives 2013 contest.

The next step is up to all of us! Five individuals have shared their exciting finds in the archives for this year’s I Found It in the Archives 2013 contest. Read the entries and vote for your favorite—but don’t stop there.

The I Found It in the Archives campaign is all about using social media to spread the word about the contest—and, in the process, exposing as many people as possible to the wonderful stories of discovery that our contestants are sharing. Encourage others to vote through social media, and don’t forget to use #FoundArch in your posts.

The entries this year are from:

Earl Gregg Swem Library (Williamsburg, VA)

East Texas Research Center

Ohio Historical Society

Shasta Historical Society (Redding, CA)

University of Southern Mississippi, School of Library and Information Science

Read the stories (of course genealogists are included!) and vote by May 15 here. The winner of the national competition will be announced in June. Anything that enhances the visibility of archives and libraries in these tough budget times is a good thing, so don’t forget to vote.