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Aikin Archives debuts its new Web site

Published or Revised July 18, 2006

The A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives at Paris Junior College is opening its doors to the World Wide Web.

People interested in history, genealogy and other things of historical interest, can now go to http://www.aikinarchives.org to search and research through online discussion and question and answer opportunities.

All of this is being made available through Aikin Regional Archives Online, a service of Paris Junior College, according to archivist Daisy Harvill.

“People can learn, share and discuss at this Web site,” Harvill said. “It will continue to grow with more information available on the site.”

Already, Harvill and Dwight Chaney, PJC’s Dean of Academic Studies, regularly post entries on their weblogs, also known simply as “blogs.” Harville hopes others will join in posting pertinent information to the site. Visitors can go to the main page and click on “Forums” to post questions, items of interest and read current postings. Readers can also post comments on blog entries.

The A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives was dedicated in 1978 in honor of Senator and Mrs. Aikin for their many years of service to the people of Texas. The archive houses the Aikin papers, as well as official records and volumes of other materials of historical significance to Lamar, Delta, Fannin and Red River counties. It is located in the Rheudasil Learning Center on the PJC campus.

The office occupied by the late Senator Aikin for the last 30 of his 42 years of service was the only Texas Senate office not renovated from its original decor of 1885. That office is replicated within the archives.

The A.M. and Welma Aikin Jr. Regional Archives is a State Depository for official government records of Red River, Delta, Fannin and Lamar Counties.

In addition, it houses collections related to local and regional history, such as manuscripts, documents and official publications, private and family papers, letters, diaries and journals, yearbooks, civic and business records, school and club records, newspaper clippings and books pertaining to or written by people in the region, as well as photographs, maps and illustrative material showing streets, public buildings, homes and pioneer citizens.

Harvill said visitors are invited to see the senator’s office replica, the gallery exhibit and to use the Archives reading room for research.

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