Series 13
Born digital materials, 1987-2006

Scope and Content Note

The Born digital materials series consists primarily of correspondence written by Walker and drafts of novels, short stories and poems. Also included are essays, speeches, a handful of photographs, and various other writings relating to Walker's work as an activist, particularly her work against the practice of female genital mutilation. A number of files contain drafts of Walker's 1992 novel Possessing the Secret of Joy or relate to the 1993 film Warrior Marks, made in collaboration with filmmaker Pratibha Parmar. Walker's website features information about her writing and publications, and documents her work as an activist around the world.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected correspondence; business files; journal entries; legal files; property files; and financial records are closed during Alice Walker's lifetime or until October 2027, whichever is later. Use of the original digital media is restricted. With the exception of the web archive, access to born digital materials is only available at the computer workstation in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Researchers may access the web archive online via the link provided below.

Processing Note

The born digital materials currently available to researchers are taken from 37 3.5" floppy disks and two compact discs. Bitstream images of the disks were created using a combination of FTK Imager imaging software, Magic ISO imaging software, and a KryoFlux. 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, most of the extracted files--which consisted primarily of early Mac word processing files--were migrated to PDF using MacLinkPlus conversion software and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Image files were migrated to JPEG. Files have been screened for private information and in some instances information has been redacted. Files are stored alphabetically by file name in a single directory.

A web archive of Alice Walker's website has been captured using the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service. Copies of the site are captured monthly and become available following a six-month embargo period.

Box Folder Content
Online The Official Site for Alice Walker: AliceWalkersGarden.com, 2012 (web archive)
RRL Access copies of processed born digital material [Reading room access ONLY]
- - "1989/Disk 1, 1990," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "2000 Feb. TWF copy," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "3/23/99, Misc.," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alce 1991," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice 1990-91," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice 1991 back-up," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice 1992," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice back-up 1990-1991," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice orig disk," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice's Computadora (1)," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice's Computadora (2)," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice's Computadora 3," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Alice Walker photos, Cantoo 7/7/03," compact disc [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "AW DSK 2," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "AW merged accounts 9/5/92," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "B of A 1993," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "B of A 1994," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "By the Light...," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Disk 1 duplicate, current writing 1990," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Disk 2 back up," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Files from Mac Classic, 11/29/94," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Files from Mac Classic, AW 1992," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Jazz/System," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Misc. materials to 7/98," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Misc. work from country Powerbook 11.20.96, new material 3/27/97," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "N poems 1999," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Photos [provided for A Poetic Tribute to the Legends Who Lunched with Oprah]," compact disc [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Possessing the Secret of Joy, Final version 12/21/91," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Possessing the Secret of Joy: The Movie, by Alice Walker, November 1993," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Quicken back-up disk," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Quicken program, Security Pacific account 1992, external drive," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Smile," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Start up disk (internal drive)," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "This is a test, 4/12/97," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Wells Fargo account 1992, Quicken program," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Wells Fargo 1993" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Wells Fargo 1994," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Word processing (external drive)," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
- - "Word processing files, internal drive," 3.5" floppy disk [Original RESTRICTED]
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