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About Preservation Week

The American Library Association organized the first Preservation Week in 2010 to highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage materials. 

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that show what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

MIT Libraries has been participating in Preservation Week since its first year in 2010, and we are delighted to offer a variety of new events each year!

Learn about previous Preservation Week activities hosted by MIT Libraries.


Preservation Week 2014

Curation and Preservation Services at MIT Libraries is hosting a series of events for this year’s National Preservation Week, April 27-May 3.


Tuesday, April 29th, 12:15-12:45pm 
"Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive" brown bag lecture
32-144 (Stata)


Jim McGrath and Alicia Peaker

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced digital archive of stories, photos, video, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. Bring your lunch and join members of the Our Marathon team as they provide an overview of the project and the archive.

Tuesday, April 29th, 1-5 pm
"The Art and Science of Document Security: Past, Present, and Future."
32-144 (Stata)

Talks presenting research on historical, contemporary, and novel methods for creating more secure documents in all forms.

  • 12:45-1:00    Break and Refreshments

  • 1:00-1:15      Opening Remarks

  • 1:15-1:45     "Our Digital Lives: Protecting Our Data In Use and At Rest," Michael Halsall, Senior Network and Information Security Analyst at MIT

  • 1:45 - 2:15    "Benign Neglect No More: How Document Security Affects Access to Memory," Kari R. Smith, Digital Archivist, MIT Libraries Institute Archives and Special Collections 

  • 2:15-2:45     Question and Break for Refreshments

  • 2:45-3:15    "Historic Letterlocking: The Art and Security of Letterwriting," Jana Dambrogio, Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator, MIT Libraries Curation and Preservation Services

  • 3:15-3:30    Questions and Closing Remarks


  • 3:30-3:45     Break
  • 4:00-5:00     Gallery Visit led by Nora Murphy, Archivist for Reference, Outreach, and Instruction, MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections, Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130)


    Thanks for the Memory: 50 + Years of Computing at MIT



Tuesday, April 29th, 8 pm
The Monuments Men
movie screening

Enjoy a free screening of The Monuments Men motion picture. George Clooney portrays local art conservation hero George Stout who saved treasured works of art from ruin during WWII.

Come celebrate Preservation Week, win prizes, and receive a locked letter with a secret message.

April 30th, 11-3 Our Marathon “Share Your Story” event, Bush Room 10-105

Representatives from the Our Marathon online collection of Boston Marathon Bombing experiences will be on campus to document the personal experiences of the MIT community during and after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.

May 1st, 2-3pm “Scrapbook Preservation Webinar,” DIRC 14N-132



Interested in preserving some items of your own? Join us for a free webinar in scrapbook preservation hosted by the American Library Association. Melissa Tedone, Conservator of the Parks Library Preservation Department at Iowa State University, will talk about older scrapbooks as well as how to identify the most stable materials for new scrapbooks.

 Stay tuned for more details about these events! Contact with questions.

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