Behind the Scenes: Archives

October is American Archives Month. Celebrations this month at archival institutions across the country serve as reminders that archives are important because they are the memory banks of reliable information.View the video for a behind-the-scenes look at the Foundation’s archives.

What is an archive?
An archive is a place where people find information, usually primary sources like letters, reports, photographs and recordings. The archive at the Marshall Foundation maintains George C. Marshall’s papers, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and his family history. In addition to Marshall’s papers, the Foundation houses more than 300 collections that range from the simple one-folder collection with a diary from a prisoner-of-war during the Battle of the Bulge to multiple boxes containing thousands of pages of documents and records. Access to these primary resources is available by appointment, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. For those who can not come to Lexington, Virginia, many resources are now available online at our website or by submitting an online research request form.

jeffreyWhat is an archivist?
Archivists are the professionals who make sure these items are preserved, organized, cared for and are able to be accessed by visitors. Jeffrey Kozak is our archivist. Jeffrey graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history and English literature. He received an MLIS with an archives concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an archivist, some of his daily duties include managing the reading room, collaborating with the museum objects curator, being a liaison for collaborative projects with other institutions, supervising interns and volunteers, responding to patron requests, as well as processing, organizing and maintaining all the collections on site.