Sunday, June 15, 2008

Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Prevail Archives

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My post on the Jonestown and Peoples Temple archives made me think about how we archive tragedies. Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple captures a slow build-up to violence that happened thirty years ago. What happens when tragedy happens suddenly, now?

The Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Prevail Archives can offer some answers on how archiving an event can be a community-building effort, as well as a way to preserve the context of the tragedy for others in the future. From their website:

The Prevail Archives is the official site for the university's historical materials related to the tragic events of April 16, 2007. It is guided by the principles of the archival profession to impartially organize, preserve, and make accessible the analog and digital resources documenting the events of that day and subsequently. It also provides access to other relevant university and government resources.

Visit the Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Prevail Archives

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