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In 2018, the Mass. Memories Road Show (MMRS) team launched a two-year project, “Destination Preservation,” thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The goal is to build an accessible, adaptable, and engaging “roadmap” to guide libraries of all kinds and sizes through the process of collecting and preserving materials in partnership with their community members. Designed to be an interactive reference, the roadmap will lead users through a series of modules covering the important aspects of planning a participatory archiving event including community outreach, metadata and archival description, and the preservation of digital materials.

The project is inspired by the MMRS’s success in documenting the history of the Commonwealth through personal photographs and stories. Directed by the MMRS team, the project also draws on the expertise of other leaders in the participatory archiving field throughout the United States.

In addition to UMass Boston, the project’s Core Team also includes representatives from:

  • Boston Public Library;
  • Digital Commonwealth;
  • Maine Historical Society;
  • Massachusetts Archives;
  • Metropolitan New York Library Council;
  • Newark Public Library; and
  • San Jose State University.

During summer 2019, the project team conducted a survey about participatory archiving to inform the development of the online resource.  The survey results, published in January 2020, capture the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of libraries and other cultural organizations with experience doing participatory archiving events and those that are exploring the idea of hosting an event. UASC collected survey responses from 208 respondents representing 33 states and the District of Columbia: 123 libraries (public, private, university, and K-12), 46 cultural heritage organizations, and 25 government agencies, as well as other institutions.

For information about the project, contact Sarah Collins, Community Archives Grant Project Manager.