Date

4-28-2020

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Archivists and librarians have a vital position in preserving materials for future generations. This takes several forms, from conserving and repairing damaged items, to having disaster plans in case of fires, flooding, etc. This is an important topic for historians, who are constantly needing access to primary sources. With this project, I intend to study the history of preservation in libraries, archives, and museums. I will explore what various methods of preservation have been used over the past few decades. I will study which of these methods have become popular, which ones have become outdated, and what institutions have used which methods. My project will be split into two parts, the first being a literature review of various books written on preservation from its earliest iterations to books written in the "digital age." After I complete this review, I will write a research paper based on my findings from these readings, and interviews I will conduct with directors and workers at museums, libraries, and archives about their practices within their institutions. The interview questions will focus on the collections their institutions house, what they are doing currently to preserve their collections, and how these practices have changed over time. The goal of this research is to explore the history of preservation and the nature of the field as examined through how it has evolved over time.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

A Critical History of Preservation: A Study of Preservation Practices and Evolutions

Archivists and librarians have a vital position in preserving materials for future generations. This takes several forms, from conserving and repairing damaged items, to having disaster plans in case of fires, flooding, etc. This is an important topic for historians, who are constantly needing access to primary sources. With this project, I intend to study the history of preservation in libraries, archives, and museums. I will explore what various methods of preservation have been used over the past few decades. I will study which of these methods have become popular, which ones have become outdated, and what institutions have used which methods. My project will be split into two parts, the first being a literature review of various books written on preservation from its earliest iterations to books written in the "digital age." After I complete this review, I will write a research paper based on my findings from these readings, and interviews I will conduct with directors and workers at museums, libraries, and archives about their practices within their institutions. The interview questions will focus on the collections their institutions house, what they are doing currently to preserve their collections, and how these practices have changed over time. The goal of this research is to explore the history of preservation and the nature of the field as examined through how it has evolved over time.