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Comparing Documentation Strategy of Civil War and First Gulf War 2011/11/21

Posted by nydawg in Archives, Best Practices, Digital Archives, Digital Preservation, Media, Records Management.
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (paraphrasing someone
else): “We are at risk of knowing less about the events leading up to
the First Gulf War than events leading up to the Civil War, because
all of the records and documents from the Civil War were conserved and
preserved, whereas all the records from the First Gulf War were
created on Wang Wordprocessors and never migrated forward and now lost
forever.”

Case in point: Lincoln at Gettysburg; photo by Matthew Brady
http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=2564

Or 1991 Gulf War speech by Sec of Def Cheney:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cheney_Gulf_War_news_conference.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/52/Powell,_Schw…

or http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2007/08/the-tangled-state-of-archived-n…

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