Series 8
Born digital materials, 1993-2000

Scope and Content Note

Born digital materials in this collection come from a set of diskettes included in Thompson's personal papers, with files dating from 1993 to 2000. The majority of Thompson's born digital files are from 1999 and 2000, and include email correspondence, documents about projects, exhibits, and creative activities, and a small amount of digital photographs and art.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any digital files from the computer workstation.

Restrictions on Access

Access to born digital materials is only available at the computer workstation in the Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted.

Processing Note

The born digital materials currently available to researchers are transferred from 7 3.5" floppy disks. Bitstream images of the disks were created with FTK Imager imaging software and master copies of these disk images were ingested into a Fedora instance at Emory University for long-term preservation. Individual files were extracted from disk images using FTK Imager and were scanned for viruses using McAfee's anti-virus software. Following this work, extracted files were screened for private and sensitive information and duplicate files were identified and merged using the BitCurator Environment. The reviewed and processed text-based files were converted to PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Image files were migrated to JPEG.

Files have been organized into three directories: Email correspondence; Still images; and Other documents.

Email correspondence had been migrated to text or Microsoft Word files, before being saved to these floppy disks. This process affected formatting, although this does not appear to have obscured any content.

Four additional 3.5" floppy disks were found to be blank.

Box Folder Content
RRL Access copies of processed born digital material [Reading room access ONLY]
BD1 - "Pip: Sept 29; Jan 30," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Back up Jan 2000," 3.5" floppy disk [1] [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Back up Jan 2000," 3.5" floppy disk [2] [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Back up Jan 2000," 3.5" floppy disk [3] [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Back up files," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Back up Jan 2000," 3.5" floppy disk [4] [Original RESTRICTED]
BD1 - "Pictures say it Greetings," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
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