The Historian Archives Project

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

Historian Archives

His­to­rian Archives

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!

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