Archival Survival Requires Collaborative Problem Solving

Fraktur drawing by Rebecca BrubacherClimate change is a threat to archives and other centres of knowledge. Around the world, cultural heritage and community memory is threatened by fires, floods, severe weather, and environmental conflicts. Archives require energy to maintain physical collections in stable condition. Digitization is not necessarily the answer. Server farms, data streaming, and the manufacture and use of digital devices also contribute to environmental problems. Solutions must be found. Preserving the stories of the past for the future requires the participation not only of archivists and historians, but artists, scientists and engineers.

Fraktur drawing by Rebecca Brubacher 1892-1967