Each year with its I Found It In the Archives! contest, the Society of American Archivists encourages people to not just use archival collections but to share their stories of doing so. The winner gets to attend the SAA annual meeting, which this year is being held in San Diego.
I’ve never submitted an entry, but goodness knows, I have certainly been helped by many different types of collections, from family histories to business records to city directories, voter registrations, yearbooks, school records, and historical newspapers and photos—located in public libraries, genealogical libraries, academic libraries, archives, and historical societies.
Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2012 competition, but voting for the national winner is currently underway. You can view the finalists here and cast your vote for which one should win.