Guidelines for the Bentley Historical Library Web Archives

The Bentley Historical Library was established in 1935 by the University of Michigan Regents to carry out two functions: to serve as the official archives of the University and to document the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people, organizations and voluntary associations. The University Archives and Records Program (UARP) and Michigan Historical Collections (MHC) are committed to the preservation of records and papers of historical significance, regardless of format.

Given the ubiquity of online resources at the University of Michigan and among individuals and organizations across the state, the Bentley Historical Library sought an efficient and cost-effective means of preserving websites for future research and study. After evaluating several service providers, the Bentley Library subscribed to the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service (WAS) in July 1, 2010. (See the WAS homepage for an overview of the service as well as specific information for researchers and webmasters of archived sites.)

This subscription-service model divides responsibilities for the development and support of web archives between the Bentley Historical Library and the California Digital Library. While no active participation is required of content owners, several steps may be taken to ensure that websites are preserved as completely as possible.

The Bentley Historical Library will...

The California Digital Library will...

Content owners will be able to...

Please note: the Bentley Library may not be able to preserve the exact form, functionality, and content of sites as they appear on the live web. The following types of content present significant issues for capture and/or display:

Contact Digital Curation Services at bhlwebarchive@umich.edu with your comments, questions, and suggestions about the Bentley Historical Library Web Archives.