Series 7
Born digital materials, 2003-2008
Box BD 1

Scope and Content Note

Born digital materials in this collection come from three sources: Natasha Trethewey's five personal computers, multiple 3.5" floppy disks and several compact discs. To date, content from two of her laptop computers, a Dell Latitude D800 and a Dell Latitude X300, have been processed.

Files taken from the Dell Latitude D800 date from 2003 to 2008, while files taken from the Dell Latitude X300 date from 2004 to 2007. Content from both laptops include drafts of poetry, photographs--including a number taken on research trips, essays, and research notes. A number of notes and drafts relate to Trethewey's published collections Bellocq's Ophelia and Native Guard.

Restrictions on Access

Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted. Restrictions listed for series 1 and 5 also apply to born digital material. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Processing Note

The born digital materials currently available to researchers are from two of Trethewey's laptop computers, a Dell Latitude D800 and a Dell Latitude X300. Individual files from both computers were extracted from forensic images of the hard drives and were scanned for viruses using McAfee's anti-virus software. Text-based files were migrated to PDF and image files to JPEG to create access copies. Files have been screened for private information. Files have been organized into five series matching the arrangement of the collection's paper component: 1) Correspondence and personal papers; 2) Writings by Trethewey; 3) Writings by others; 4) Printed material; and 5) Photographs.

File and directory names were maintained and the original directory structure has been replicated. In cases where Natasha Trethewey originally grouped files into directories by book title or project, the complete directory will be located in the most relevant series. When necessary, a Writings by others folder was added to distinguish writings from Trethwey's own work when this is otherwise unclear.

Box Folder Content
RRL Access copies of processed born digital material [Reading room access ONLY]
- - Dell Latitude D800, 2003-2008 [Original RESTRICTED]
- - Dell Latitude X300, 2004-2007 [Original RESTRICTED]