We've had the concept of total archives for some time now, but I heard about two collections this week that illustrate beautifully the idea of trying to capture the recorded memory of 'all segments of a community'. Firstly, there was the story about a grant to improve access and encourage user contributions to the Grateful Dead Archive and then came the news that the archive of the Flat Earth Society is looking for a new home.

Somehow the world seems like a better place when you know that not only do these collections exist, but that they are being looked after by archivists.

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