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Archives Month

Celebrate Archives Month by exploring the history behind the Central Piedmont Archives, learning basic archival skills, and contributing to projects as a virtual volunteer.

What is Electronic Records Day?

We generate electronic records every day, from sending emails to taking photos on our smart phones. Most of us have also experienced the headache that comes with losing digital photos, dealing with corrupted files, or extracting information from old storage devices. Needless to say, electronic records have become a crucial aspect of our lives.

That's why the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) established Electronic Records Day on October 10, 2012. It was designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of our digital assets.

Electronic Records Day is a day to stop and reflect on how are your files being stored? Do you have backups? Where are those backups stored? Are your digital assets secured? What formats are they in? Will they be accessible in five years? If you use social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, how are you saving your posts?

Did you know? The percentage of Americans who own a smartphone jumped from 35% in 2011 to 85% in 2021, according to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center.


Thinking about the answers to these questions can feel overwhelming. Listed below are some resources to help you navigate and develop your own preservation strategies.



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