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Building a digital archive for decaying paper documents, preserving centuries of records about enslaved people


January 5, 2020

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Daniel Genkins, Vanderbilt University

(THE CONVERSATION) Paper documents are still priceless records of the past, even in a digital world. Primary sources stored in local archives throughout Latin America, for example, describe a centuries-old multiethnic society grappling with questions of race, class and religion.

However, paper archives are vulnerable to flooding, humidity, insects, and rodents, among other threats. Political instability can cut off money used to maintain ar...

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