First Steps

This section of the Community Archives Toolkit will help you start up a community archive and decide what it is you wish to do.

A Community Archive can be based in a local area or it can be based on a shared interest in a particular subject, such as engineering or photography. Community Archives often start with the sources that a few individuals have collected but they can also start with an appeal to the local community to bring in sources from their homes and families.

Click the sections below to find more information about:

  • What are Community Archives
  • Setting up a Community Archive
  • Sustainability
  • Managing Volunteers