Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Adrian Duran


Archives, as separate entities and as a practice, have been used as a means to preserve and conserve pieces of history across a range of subjects. Physical artifacts, personal photography, or important classified documents may be included within these capsules of the past. Prolific individuals have had their lives collected, organized, and stored away in such minute detail for the ease and accessibility of public use. Not only does the precise organization aid easy research, but it also lends to the art of storytelling. One can trace an individual’s legacy from their childhood to their final breath by exploring their archive; the existence of archives makes discovering human nature possible through these preserved memories. The purpose of this project is to show the importance of archives on a more personal level by gathering, organizing, and digitizing photos to create an archive that shows the journey of my grandmother’s life. After acquiring all photographs and film negatives from my grandmother’s house, I utilized an archives database program to digitize, enter metadata, and upload the photographs to curate an archive collection that is open for access at all times.