Society of American Archivists, College & University Archive Section, Spring Webinar Series
time capsule, outreach, processing
In Spring 2016, a phone call arrived at the Rayfield Archives from the demolition site of an Illinois State University campus dormitory. Workers at the site had uncovered a time capsule and didn’t know where to send it. In the following months, the Rayfield Archives partnered with ISU units, including Marketing and Facilities, to promote the find and redirect a narrative of the sad loss of a dormitory to one of renewal and discovery. The work to triage the damaged capsule materials and make them immediately accessible was made all the more exciting by a second surprise time capsule discovery. Anderson-Zorn will discuss the steps taken to work with the materials from discovery to storage and how University partnerships have informed future historic-themed celebrations and discoveries.
Anderson-Zorn, April K., "Unboxing Time Capsules: Managing and Using Time Capsules in Your Archive" (2021). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 130.