We encourage you to manage and preserve your physical and digital materials.
Here is some helpful documentation created by the records manager:
- Licensing Your Work
- Tips for Making Your Videos Usable and Enduring
- Why Archive?
- “Wow, I have way too much stuff! (presentation, April 2013)
- Organize Your Files! (training on cleaning up shared drives, 2019)
- Should It Stay or Should It Go? (email management training, 2018)
- Declutter Your Digital Life for Libraries (records management training for libraries, 2020)
- Declutter Your Digital Life: Personal Hackathon for Digital Sustainability (records management training for sustainability, 2020)
- Williams College Museum of Art and Digital Records Management (records management training, 2021)
- Declutter Your Digital Life: Digital Sustainability. Organization. Delete (records management training, 2023)
Other useful information:
- The Library of Congress offers substantial guidance on personal digital archiving. Their site provides tips for how individuals and groups can preserve personal digital collections.
- University of Michigan’s guide details a number of ideas on how to create a personal digital archive.
- Documenting the Now offers fantastic tools for archiving social media data.
- Digital Archive Workshop: Archival Preservation and Digital Collection Management, a visual tutorial
- Tufts University offers personal digital archiving guidelines and workflows.
- Columbia University’s Digital Humanities Center discusses personal digital archiving in the context of digital preservation.
- Purdue University’s basics for creators of personal digital archives.
- The Digital Preservation Coalition offers a handbook.
If you have any questions regarding how to preserve or store your research, personal photos, papers, videos, or digital images, please contact us.