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National History Day Annual Cycle



  • Identify collections that are appropriate for the annual theme 
  • Educate staff to do reference for NHD students
  • Create list with collection descriptions (see Highlighting Your Collections)



  • Send list of topics to NHD state coordinator for distribution to teachers
  • Contact interested teachers individually to set up class visits
  • Organize staff and volunteers for class visits



  • Class visits
  • Work with individual student researchers (some states have researchers through February)



  • Students should be working on their projects for regional and state competitions
  • Contest theme for the following year is announced



  • Regional contests



  • State Contests



  • National Contest in College Park, Maryland



EXAMPLE: How one repository identifies collections and provides reference for National History Day



  • Review the National History Day theme.
    • List for upcoming years:  
    • 2015 Leadership and Legacy in History



  • Archivists share and submit potential collections for list 
  • Coordinator reviews departmental lists for potential collections



  • Coordinator finalizes collection list
  • Publicize list on department’s History Day web site and through the State Coordinator’s listserv
  • Based on individual requests or organized visits, archivists determine best ways to use the collections (i.e. digital access, reproductions, etc.) as well as presentation topics
  • Plan ahead with individual teachers who ask to set up class visits
  • Educate and organize staff and volunteers to do reference for NHD students



  • Class visits
  • Work with individual student researchers

Society of American Archivists Reference, Access and Outreach Section's National History Day Committee| Credits

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