Managing Personal Image Archives

Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines are increasingly building corpora of personal research images from archives, fieldwork, and other collections. The guides below provide starting points and resources to support the full lifecycle of maintaining personal research archives – from editing, cataloging, copyright, and platforms.

Maintaining your personal archive as it builds can help organize the files and metadata for increasingly larger personal collections of images, audio, and video files. By ensuring that you are starting with a strong cataloging structure and maintaining high-quality files, it will make both finding materials and research easier. For more information on how the VRC can support your personal archiving endeavors, please refer to the VRC’s Personal Archiving Collaboration Policy.

Workshop Series—Winter and Spring 2021

The VRC hosted a series workshops on creating and managing personal research archives. Please click this link view recordings and access slides and other resources from the series.

Guide to Image Editing

Guide to Cataloging Your Images

Recommended Platforms for Managing Your Personal Archive

Web Archiving

Copyright Resources

Storage and Backup