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About the Program

The K12 Web Archiving Program provides an opportunity for students to select and save websites for future generations (historians, scholars, their descendants, the general public) to look at 50,100, 500 years from now. The program was developed in collaboration with the Library of Congress. The students’ collections are available here for browsing and searching, and provide an informative, funny, and often touching view into their lives and preferences.

The innovative program provides a new perspective on saving history and culture, allowing students to actively participate and make decisions about what content will be saved. Often this is content that might not be selected and saved in the traditional archive environment. The decisions the students make help them develop an awareness of how the Web content they choose will become primary sources for future historians studying our lives. The program teaches critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving – essential life skills that students need today in order to be successful.

How does it work?

Participation can be organized in many ways; through clubs, as a part of a class, through the library etc. Students start the program by working together to  decide on the subjects of their collections, and the specific websites to be archived. They will also write brief description for each collection and website so that people in the future will know why they chose this content to be archived. Each participating school is provided access to their own Archive-It account, plus user support to create these collection time capsules.

Paul VI Catholic High School Students
Students from Paul VI Catholic High School in
Fairfax, Virginia


NYC Public School Students
Students from NYC Public School 174, Queens


Students from Moran Middle School in
Wallingford, CT reflect on their experiences
in the K12 Web Archiving Program.