Save Our Legacy
digital archiving for the future
Our Mission at SaveOurLegacy.net is to help transition our organizational, cultural, and personal histories to the digital medium for researchers, present and future.
If we do not actively preserve our past, much of it will be either lost or at best, unaccessible to future researchers. Gutenberg.org has for years been digitizing public domain works. Libraries and entities such as Google are working fast and hard to preserve the major literary, business, and science publications. They know that what is not digitized will not make the transition into the future.
Consider the advent of the printing press. If monks had not slowly, persistently preserved the information from the oral tradition into a written form, we would have very little from their time and before. We know that we lost much of their accumulated knowledge, but we at least have some.
Today, we are in the same situation. What does not get digitized and uploaded to the Web or saved to DVDs or external drives will be lost.
Our goal at Save Our Legacy.net is to focus on digitizing what seems overlooked:
1. Organizations of all types, large and small, have worked to make a difference for decades. What they did and and how they did it will be important for future researchers, if they can find documents, pictures, films, and audios recording the organizations' activities.
2. By studying personal documents, letters, photographs, music, and momentos, future researchers may analyze and draw conclusions about life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and before. Studying everyday life is crucial for understanding a culture.
3. Most families have personal albums, films, records (wax cylinders, 78s, 45s, 331/3s), tapes, and other momentos passed to one member of the family to safeguard. Some family members have boxes and boxes, representing two and three generations. That is how we have been doing it . However, more and more of those albums and boxes of pictures and momentos are disappearing. Perhaps, they are lost in a fire, or a flood, or they deteriorate over the years. Perhaps, the family member simply does not value them, tires of moving them, or has limited space, and sets them at the curb for trash pickup.
If each of us prioritizes and digitizes what we can, copies can pass to the future on DVDs or other external backups or uploaded to the Web. The more copies distributed, the greater the chance of preservation.
Please look through the Archives at efforts to preserve parts of history for the future. All of the archives are works in process, but some are farther along than others.
If we can help you in your efforts, we will. Contact us.
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