Written by Claire Fitzsimmons.
The United States Library of Congress has selected the Salty website (yes- the one you’re reading right now!) to be included in the historic collection of internet materials related to the LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive.
“We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.”– Library of Congress Web Archiving Program
“The Library of Congress preserves important cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. Our web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were “born digital” and never printed on paper.” – Library of Congress Web Archiving Program
At Salty, we exist with the fear that the stories we share could be erased, as many important stories throughout history have been. To know that Salty will be available for future generations to use as a resource is incredibly heartening. It’s an honor to be selected.
Learn more about the Library’s Web Archiving program goals at https://www.loc.gov/programs/web-archiving/.
Remember, when you contribute to Salty, you are contributing to history. Our important work needs ongoing support. Become a member today.
Claire Fitzsimmons is the Founder and Director of Salty.