Skip to Main Content

Digital Collections at Schlesinger Library

Digital Forensics & Web-Archiving

As we progress further towards an all-digital world, archival collections contain an increasing amount of digital content. Piles of letters and stacks of journals are turning into 8-inch floppy disks, external hard drives, e-mail inboxes and more. Our sophisticated digital forensics program extracts content from obsolete media carriers, transforms it for researcher use, and preserves it in perpetuity. 186 of the library’s collections contain born-digital material, comprising about 15 Terabytes of data. Approximately 50,000 trees made into paper would be needed to print out 1 Terabyte of data. Our collections contain about 750,000 trees worth of data.


Schlesinger Library is migrating our web-archiving program from Harvard's WAX system to Archive-It, built by the Internet Archive. Check back soon to view and explore the websites we have harvested over the past 10 years. 


coming soon