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For millennia cultures have struggled to keep accurate and enduring records of their past experience. For much of this time history was kept as an oral tradition handed down, often in verse, from one generation to another. Later on, written and pictographic histories took over as more accurate and enduring archiving method. Recently, digital archives have begun to replace paper histories.

History Keeping Resources

Recordkeeping and History

History keeping article
From the Khan Academy: How We Chronicle the Past Although many species note the passing of time, only our own species, Homo sapiens, is capable of sharing accounts, or memories, of past events and turning these into stories or “histories.”

Oral History Association

History keeping organization
Since 1966, the Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for...

Internet Archive

History keeping organization
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free access to millions of books, movies, computer programs, and musical works, as well as an archive of 349 billion web pages.

John "Eesawu" Kimmey

Local history keeping knowledge holder
If there was an appropriate term to describe the lifeworks of John "Eesawu" Kimmey it would be as a 'seedplanter.' He had an innate characteristic of a visionary/community developer, working for years with the native people of the American Southwest....

Cortes Museum & Archives Society

Local history keeping organization
The Cortes Island Museum & Archives is a place to reflect on the rich social and natural history of Cortes Island. The Cortes Island Museum building began life in 1946 as a family store at the head of Manson’s Landing dock. A nearby mill in the lagoon...

history, archives, record keeping