|Courtesy of WHS|
|Courtesy of Archive-It|
In 2010, the imminent disappearance of websites and other online information related to Governor Doyle's administration offered WHS the opportunity to pilot the Archive-It tool by archiving Governor Doyle’s webpages before the new administration took over. The tool provided a way to quickly collect and preserve the information from the Governor’s website, as well as his Facebook and Flickr pages, YouTube channel, and various other websites and social media from his administration, all of which would otherwise have disappeared. WHS web archiving efforts grew from that project, beginning with state agency websites.
WHS continues to expand the use of Archive-It. Today, in addition to state agency websites, WHS collects county and municipal government websites, and topical websites of special interest to Wisconsin, such as sites related to recent gubernatorial campaigns, mining in Wisconsin, and sustainable agriculture. We also have an extensive collection of online newspapers and newsletters and a collection related to existing national manuscripts collections in WHS archives.
I hope you will visit the WHS Archive-It Collections often. It is a constantly growing and changing resource. For more information, see the WHS website.
Eileen Snyder, Wisconsin Historical Society