“Certain documents were the most important—the newspaper, the yearbook, the alumnae magazine, those were the first priority—but we had to come up with at least 25,000 pages, so we just did the kitchen sink routine, putting everything we could think of on the internet archive,” Waller said.

The main challenge, said Waller, has been deciding what to do about the new print content that continually comes along.

About new yearbooks, newspapers, and magazines, Waller said, “We haven’t figured that out yet, because these are one-time projects. You can add as you go along, but you have to ramp up the whole procedure again, and it’s more expensive because you don’t have as many pages.”

Still, giving the existing archives a second life online has been more than worth the time and money spent.

“In addition to just being able to see this material online, you can search every word of every document. It has greatly increased our capacity to do research. Stuff that took days before now literally takes minutes,” said Waller.

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