Personal Archiving – How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials(Library of Congress)

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How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials

Our photo albums, letters, home movies and paper documents are a vital link to the past. Personal information we create today has the same value. The only difference is that much of it is now digital.How to Scan Your Personal Collections (PDF, 78 KB)How Long Will Digital Storage Media Last? (PDF, 83 KB)

“Why Digital Preservation is Important for You.” Simple, practical strategies for personal digital preservation.

Chances are that you want to keep some digital photos, e-mail, and other files so that you—and your family—can look at them in the future. But preserving digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with.

Ensure that your digital materials last a lifetime by taking steps to preserve them:

Digital Photographs

Digital Audio

Digital Video

Electronic Mail

Personal Digital Records


This site provides some tips to help make your personal “born digital” information last. The guidance is basic and is meant to be a place to get started. You may want to get additional details about working with specific kinds of digital content.

Download Personal Archiving Brochure (PDF, 1.7MB)

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