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Harvard Library Preservation, Digital Preservation Services

Digital Preservation

Keeping Harvard's digital collections viable and accessible into the indefinite future despite a constantly changing technological environment. The image on the right was adapted from the first file deposited for preservation to the DRS.

Morrison, Hedda. "Buddhist Nun Kneeling at Altar." 1933.

Overview: Digital Preservation Program


The core teaching and research missions of the University are increasingly dependent upon digital content. Digital materials are inherently fragile and dependent for their long-range viability on technologies that change continuously. One of the key challenges of the twenty-first century is how to preserve the usefulness of this digital content for future generations of scholars.

In response to these challenges, Harvard Library established the Digital Preservation Program in June 2008. The program builds on years of digital preservation projects and initiatives conducted at Harvard University.

The centerpiece of the preservation program is Harvard Library's digital preservation repository, the Digital Repository Service (DRS).

  • To learn how to use the DRS, the deposit process, or the services available to deliver DRS content, see DRS & Delivery Services.
  • For more in-depth information about the DRS data model, accepted formats, content models and preservation practices, see Preservation Repository (DRS).

Contact information


Digital Preservation Services  90 Mt. Auburn St.  Tel: 617-495-3724  Email: Andrea Goethals