SAAACAM Digital Collection at Texas A & M San Antonio Digital Library

What is an archive?

An archive as “a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved” (Merriam-Webster). Archivescontain archival materials, which “are information objects that serve as evidence of past events”. (Peter Van Garderen, 2007).

What is a digital archive?

A digital archive is similar in purpose to a physical archive, but the historical documents and objects that provide evidence of the past have been digitized (often by scanning or photography, unless a document was created digitally in the first place) and made available online.

Digital archives are usually created with a goal of preserving historical objects and making them available to researchers.

What is a community archive?

Community archives and other community-centric history, heritage, and memory projects work to empower communities to tell, protect, and share their history on their terms.

SAAACAM is pleased to share its growing digital archive including:

  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Supporting documents

To access the collection, click here. Be sure to check back regularly, the collection is growing.  We look forward to sharing your stories.