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When did people start writing about personal digital collections? | more articles from UK, Canada &

More articles on personal digital collections. Reading on digital archiving from US, UK and Canada. Archive Robin.

Last week I shared a list of 7 Australian articles that were some of the earliest to talk about personal digital collections. I'm following that up some more articles from the UK, the US and Canada.


Sexton, Anna, Turner, Chris, Yeo, Geoffrey & Hockey, Susan (2004) Understanding users: a prerequisite for developing new technologies, Journal of the Society of Archivists, 25:1, 33-49,DOI: 10.1080/0037981042000199133.

Thomas, Susan & Martin, Janette (2006) Using the papers of contemporary British politicians as a testbed for the preservation of digital personal archives, Journal of the Society of Archivists, 27:1, 29-56, DOI: 10.1080/00039810600691254


Koltun, Lilly. "The Promise and Threat of Digital Options in an Archival Age." Archivaria, 47 (1999): 114-135.

Hobbs, Catherine. "The Character of Personal Archives: Reflections on the Value of Records of Individuals." Archivaria [Online], 52 (2001): 126-135.


Duff, Wendy, Marshall, Amy, Limkilde, Carrie and van Ballegooie, Marlene (2006) Digital Preservation Education: Educating or Networking?. The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 69, No. 1, pp. 188-212.

Hedstrom, Margaret, Lee, Christopher, Olson, Judith and Lampe, Clifford (2006) "The Old Version Flickers More": Digital Preservation from the User's Perspective. The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 69, No. 1, pp. 159-187.

There's more!

Obviously there's more - a lot more - that has been written in the archival literature. These are just some I came across while browsing for early conversations about personal digital collections.

Thank you for reading :)

This is part of my Deep Dive into Personal Digital Archiving Series.

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