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Abstract

Twenty years ago the Internet Archive was founded with the wide-ranging mission of providing universal access to all knowledge. In the two decades since, that organization has captured and made accessible over 150 billion websites. By incorporating the use of Internet Archive's Wayback Machine into their workflows, archivists working primarily with analog records may enhance their ability in such tasks as the construction of a processing plan, the creation of more accurate historical descriptions for finding aids, and potentially be able to provide better reference services to their patrons. This essay will look at some of the ways this may be accomplished.

Author Biography

Aleksandr Gelfand is a project archivist at the New-York Historical Society. Previously he worked at the Winthrop Group, New York University and Baruch College/CUNY. He holds a master’s degree in Archives and Public History from New York University.

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