Preserving Records

Archivists preserve documents in acid-free boxes, store maps in specially-designed map drawers, and safely keep slides and photographs in folders and file drawers. Yet they also digitize records, restore photographs and documents, and even maintain dated archival technology to safeguard records and keep them alive for the greatest public access for the longest time. Just as daytime soap operas tend to receive continual season renewals, Special Collections preserves materials to ensure they continue to air their stories to the public. From deteriorated photographs and delicate maps to decades-old sound and near trash, the archives not only safeguards records but also tells stories of exploration, technological innovation, and daring archival heroics.

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