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Guidelines for creators of personal archives

Where can I get advice about my archive?

These guidelines are one source of advice; family, friends, an employer, or even the media are others. If you intend that your archive should make its way to an archive repository for permanent preservation, then it is a good idea to get in touch with your chosen repository sooner rather than later. You could arrange to make regular transfers of your digital archive to the repository, or simply take advantage of the repository's curatorial expertise to manage your own archive in situ. While these guidelines provide some useful generic advice, digital archivists can offer more specific and up-to-date guidance that is tailored to your record keeping habits and preferred technologies.

Various collecting institutions, ranging from local authority archives and museums to university archives and specialist repositories, might be interested in your archive. While some of these are interested in recording a representative sample of all individuals, most have specific collecting priorities such as the papers of politicians, modern literary authors or scientists. You can locate repositories which might be a suitable home for your archive by looking at the collecting policies of likely institutions (these are sometimes published on an institution's website), or by contacting the National Advisory Services at The National Archives who can offer advice on suitable places of deposit.