|Nevada Archives Week 2006 Press Release|
For Immediate Release Contacts: Jeff Kintop (775) 684-3410
Carson City, Nevada. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, in the film Star Wars Episode II, searches the star charts in the automated Jedi Archives searching for the planet Kamino. When the planet does not appear where it is supposed to be located, Jocasta Nu, Jedi Archivist, offers to assist. She concludes erroneously that if the planet is not found in the archives then it doesn’t exist.
This is one case, where real life and the movies work much the same way. The Nevada State Library and Archives celebrates the seventh annual Nevada Archives Week hosted by the State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), October 22-28, 2006, to observe of the importance of archival and historical records to people's lives.
This year’s theme is "Homeland Security 1936.” Just as the fictional Jedi Archives preserves the history of the Jedi Army, the State Archives preserves Nevada’s military history. Among its treasurers being highlighted for Archives Week 2006 is a collection of 1936 photographs of the Nevada National Guard Winnemucca’s Company F, 115th Engineers.
“We chose this set of photos to highlight Archives Week because they are a great example of how important historical documents can be lost if people don’t care enough to preserve them,” said Jeff Kintop, State Archives Manager. “This remarkable collection was discovered by an individual at a guard facility who realized their value and donated them to the archives for preservation.”
The photos show Captain Robin McCormick and the Nevada National Guard Winnemucca’s Company F, 115th Engineers unit in several phases of training at Camp Merriam near San Louis Obispo, Calif. The photos are from a scrapbook kept by the Battery B, 1st Gunnery Battalion in the Winnemucca National Guard Armory and are now in the Nevada State Archives.
Archives Week provides an opportunity to show off archival treasures. People can visit them in person or visit them online through the Archives Week Treasure Map on the Nevada State Library and Archives’ web site. Go to www.NevadaCulture.org and click on “Archives Week.”
Most people believe archives are simply old records and they think only of the State Constitution, dusty bound volumes containing the proclamations of long dead governors, and faded photographs. But that isn’t necessarily so,” said Kintop. “Records do not have to be old to be in the archives. In fact, we are continually receiving new documents and artifacts so by preserving the present, we’re making future history.”
The State Historical Records Advisory Board advises governments and businesses on modern records management strategies and seeks to enhance public understanding of the importance of preserving records that define the lives of Nevada residents.
The Nevada State Library and Archives is a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through preservation and promotion of cultural resources, cultural and information management, and education. The Department also includes the Division of Museums and History, State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Arts Council, Comstock Historic District Commission, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.