Web Archiving

This guide covers web archiving, UTSA's web archiving efforts, and considerations for researchers.

Preserving our institutional legacy

UTSA homepage from November 13, 2009 with a banner celebrating UTSA's 40th anniversary

How does the UTSA of today differ from the UTSA of the past? Researchers interested in UTSA's institutional legacy can look to the university's archived web resources to find out more about UTSA's past.

Collect complementary materials for Special Collections

Pride Center San Antonio website banner from Jul 18, 2016

Much of what used to be recorded in print is now published online, so capturing web archives allows UTSA Special Collections to collect relevant materials we lack in our physical collections.

Primary source materials for research

Borderzine website banner from Jun 11, 2010

Typical primary sources available in archival collections include correspondence, journals, and scrapbooks. Online these primary sources take the forms of social media, blogs, or image hosting sites.

Access to government information

Immigration Reform Caucus website banner from Jun 18, 2012

Each new government administration implements their own changes and in the case of web resources, this can mean overhauling or taking down sites. Without web archives, these changes might wind up lost to time.

Preservation of policies and documentation

UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures website banner from Nov 30, 2009

To understand an institution's plan of action around specific topics, researchers must look at the institution's policies, procedures, and other documentary materials. These types of documents can be updated regularly, so web archives allow researchers to track the evolution of these documents over time.