The Ohio History Connection is sponsoring the I Found It In the Archives essay and video contest to show how the items and information found in the nation’s archives touch peoples’ lives. We’re seeking entrants who have found something special in our collections – records, documents, photographs, recordings – a meaningful item or treasure. If it has meaning to you, it has meaning to us and is a wonderful basis for your entry.
Between June 1-30, 2014, we ask that you submit either:
• A 400-word essay describing your quest for information and explaining why finding it made a difference for you, along with a color photograph of you,
• A video of no more than 2 minutes in which you describe your quest for information and explain why finding it made a difference for you.
Essays and videos of the finalists will be posted online for a public vote. The entry with the most votes will be declared the winner and receive a prize package that includes a one year annual family membership to Ohio History Connection; a voucher for a free genealogy workshop at the Ohio History Center in 2014/2015; and a behind the scenes tour of the Center’s archives storage area in Columbus.
You may submit only one entry. Submitting more than one entry will disqualify you. Essays and videos submitted in previous I Found It In the Archives contest years may not be resubmitted. Repeat entries of the same information discovery in subsequent years of the contest will not be considered.
This entry form (click here to download) must be submitted with your essay or video.
You may submit your entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing it to our offices at the Ohio History Connection, ATTN: Lisa Long, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH, 43211-2472.
You must not currently be employed or previously have been employed by the Ohio History Connection – whether as employee or contractor – or related to a member of the same household as an Ohio History Connection employee or contractor.
Your entry becomes the property of the Ohio History Connection. We reserve the right to post your essay and photograph or video online. Materials will not be returned.
Entries Due: June 30, 2014
Finalists Notified: July 8, 2014, and their essays or videos posted online for public vote
Public Voting Ends: July 28, 2014
Winner Notified: August 1, 2014
The winner may be asked to compete in a statewide competition. The statewide winner will be hosted at the Society of Ohio Archivists Fall Conference in October 2014.
Read Submissions from our Previous Winners
2011: Linda Carew Ejzak
2012: Brian Fox
2013: Doug Tracy