2:30 – 2:45 Personal Archives: A Potentially Rich Source of E-Mail Content


Donald T. Hawkins, Information Today, Inc. and The Charleston Information Group, LLC, USA

Personal archiving has become a topic of major current importance, and many personal archives contain large numbers of e-mail messages, which could be of interest to archivists. For example, about three years ago, the British Library purchased an archive containing about 40,000 e-mails. Archivists therefore should be alert to personal archives, especially those of notable people, as promising sources of content for their collections. In this presentation, I will review my recently published book, Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage (Information Today, 2013), which presents current research in the field, activities of major players such as the Library of Congress and the Internet Archive, some practical strategies for archiving personal information, important legal issues, and a look into the future.

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