International Archives Day
The International Archives Day has been celebrated on 9 June worldwide since 2008 and it was first marked in Croatia in 2009. The date of foundation of the International Council on Archives - ICA in 1948 has been chosen as the date of celebration of the International Archives Day. This international professional association is dedicated to effective record management as well as preservation, protection and use of the world archival heritage through professional cooperation between archival and other record management professionals worldwide.
The International Archives Day in Croatia is celebrated with special programmes by all archival institutions within the Croatian public archives service, the Croatian Archivist Society and the line Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. Although the doors of the archives are always open to users of different profiles, every year on this day archival institutions in Croatia invite all citizens to come to the archives as visitors, and they organize special exhibitions, lectures, workshops and conferences, present their editions and organize other promotional activities.
As coordinator of the celebration of this manifestation in Croatia, the Croatian Archivist Society proposes to all archival institutions in Croatia a topic related to the contents and themes which have marked the year 1968 in Croatia.
A possible range of contents consists of traces in documents and other records we keep in the archives, which refer to the various events of that year: student movements, the rebellion of a generation against dishonest living, inequality and exploitation, the demystification of the "socialist" rule, the standard of life and day to day living, cultural currents, Praxis school members, sports (Đurđica Bjedov wins the Olympic gold medal in Mexico), rock music, the life of young people, reactions to the Prague Spring, demonstrations against the War in Vietnam and the civil rights movement in the United States, the building of a socialist society, Yugoslavia between the East and the West, the non-alignment policy, Yugoslavia as a hybrid of socialism, state capitalism and the Western cult of consumerism, the economic reform, the Brioni plenum, the downfall of Aleksandar Ranković, the relations between the republics…