MARBL's collections encompass a range of material and formats, including an extensive array of digital formats such as floppy disks and personal computers. The Digital Archives program supports all MARBL collecting areas by enabling the acquisition, processing, and preservation of digital material as well as exploring effective ways to provide access to digital and hybrid collections
MARBL currently houses born-digital materials belonging to a variety of personal and organizational collections. Of particular note, MARBL acquired four personal computers and the data off one other machine belonging to the novelist Salman Rushdie. This collection marked the first time MARBL acquired complete computing environments and represents our most complete set of born-digital records. In addition, we have significant born-digital components within the archives of:
For more information on using Emory's Digital Archives, please visit our Digital Access page.
Policies and Practices
MARBL has developed a set of questionnaires that curators and archivists use with potential donors to assess the digital component of their collection. One questionnaire is intended for personal archives and may be accessed here. The second questionnaire is developed with organizations in mind and may be accessed here.
For further information about MARBL's approach to acquiring, processing, preserving and providing access to born-digital collections, either refer to an article on our approach entitled, "A Comprehensive Approach to Born-Digital Archives," available in the Fall 2011 issue of Archivaria or contact the Coordinator of Digital Archives, Erika Farr at email@example.com.