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Textual Digital Records

Textual Digital Materials could be important personal, educational, or professional documents such as resumes, papers, spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, or other text-based digital objects. They may also be digitized copies of hard copy original documents such as letters. If your documents are valuable, take steps to ensure that you can continue to find and access these documents over time.

Archiving tips

Select your important files:

Organize your files:

Save files in formats that are optimal for long-term preservation:

Make copies and manage them in different places:

Long-term storage is a key element in preserving your files. It is important to realize that no storage medium is permanent in the digital environment. Any storage medium used will require some maintenance to keep its contents viable for the longest period possible.

Currently the most common media used for long-term storage are:

Check files and refresh storage media on a regular basis:

Migrate files to newer formats if needed:


Last Edited: 11 December 2014