Sharing our Knowledge
Part 2: The Historian Archives Project
Sharing our Knowledge is a series of articles about the Historian Archives Project and how you can become involved.
The Historian Archives include:
- Many thousands of computer files, including book manuscripts, name indexing projects, new Strong information submitted, and rewritten material ready for a future Strong Updates project
- Four filing cabinets full of source material, notes, and other paper records
I have no doubt that many other SFAA members have their own cabinets and collections of computer disks full of Strong information. We have a tremendous wealth of information to share – that is why we are here – if we only have the practical means to do so.
We do have the practical means, and furthermore, this practical means places us directly in the path of where our younger generation might first look for us!
Our Historian Archives project has three initial goals:
- Create and distribute a “preservation copy” of the Historian Archives. Right now a fire, tornado, flood, or hard drive crash would mean we lose the information forever. (I have direct experience with all four disasters in the past 2 years!) The Webmaster, Historian, and President will each have their own digital copy in different regions of the USA.
- Make this body of knowledge available to our membership in some form. We have been collecting thousands upon thousands of names and other details for many years. Countless hours of work have been put into digesting that information, but it has not yet seen the light of day.
- Make a copy of the Jedediah book (Strong Updates Volume I) available on CD. The book is sold out, and we have many people who would love to buy the book if we can only find a practical way to make it available.
Can we take on the Historian Archives in such a way that we answer Jake’s question? Certainly! In Part 3, The Digital Library, we begin to see how.
Please share your ideas!