Day Of Digital Archives 2011

by Julie Hill

Posted on October 6, 2011

Today is the Day of Digital Archives, and we hope you'll celebrate with us! Digital archive repositories make historical records instantly accessible to people all over the world. A group of archivists at universities and other institutions across the U.S. declared today the inaugural Day of Digital Archives to raise awareness among managers and users of digital archives.

Digital Archives Day is a great time to celebrate the significant advances in digital research made over the past several decades. But it's also an occasion to highlight how much more there is to accomplish. Archives for example already has amassed a collection of over 1.5 billion records, but we're continually adding more. See the latest here www.archives.com/collections.

On this important day, we wanted to highlight some valuable free digital archives, and resources that records managers and family historians alike may find helpful.

Here are a couple of our favorites:

  • Family Search is a website that has been gathering and preserving records for over 100 years
  • Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with many resources for family historians
  • 2011 Best State Websites is a list published annually by Family Tree magazine cataloging many of the best digital repositories in the country
  • The Library of Congress has published numerous videos about digital preservation for records managers

To join in on the Day of Digital Archives celebration, you can tweet with the hashtag #digitalArchivesDay, or post a blog entry linked to the project's blog. Finally, take some time to explore your favorite archival collections and discover new ones.

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