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From: “Judy Schmidt”
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:17:47 -0500

Hi Fran,

Yes, this is a difficult issue with no easy answers. Last year I attended a Public Library session on this subject with archivists, most of them several decades younger than myself. One woman in her early 30s was saving text messages!

I have converted cassette recordings to digital formats, but who knows what the future will bring.

And the main reason I haven’t gotten a new desktop computer since 2008 is that I’ve been making topic lists and converting to pdf years of letters to my daughter that are stuck in AppleWorks! The archivists applauded my efforts, but had no better solutions. (I do have paper copies of the letters as well.)

The computer folks tend to skew younger and are always moving on to the next thing. They don’t seem too concerned about retaining the past.

Judy Schmidt
FransDotir@aol.com

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