the American Heritage Repository

American Heritage Repository (AHR) (To Be Established only with your help!)

The Peoples’ Archive of the citizens of USA

 
Mission and Motto:

“Preserving America’s Heritage One Family at a Time”

 
Scope/Reach: For ALL citizens of the United States of America

 
Vision: Potentially each citizen in their lifetime can produce one or more records deemed as being worthy of enduring value and a contribution to American heritage and thus should be preserved in perpetuity

 
Purposes: Its primary Purpose is to PRESERVE in perpetuity all records and artifacts in its care and possession. Its secondary purpose is accessibility to researchers upon request. The AHR is to be private facility, not having public hours. Researchers can make arrangements for research.

 
Need:

Someone asks, “There are already hundreds of archives around the country, at the federal, state, and local level, historical societies, academic institutions, and community archives. Is this American Heritage Repository even necessary?

I am so glad you asked. In my professional library science and archival training, I discovered that of all the archives in existence, they only represent about 5 % of the people! That’s right. How can that be? Its actually simple: all the government archives collect on official government records, not what the individual Americans may possess at home, like that letter from grandpa he wrote on the front while in WWII. And the primary scope of collections for all INSTITUTIONAL archives (whether they are private or educational) is collecting institutional records. This leaves a large gap in records produced by individual Americans and possessed in families.

It is a lofty goal but everyone has a story. AHR would like to have each American’s story, just a 1-4 page story deposited with AHR. There is no competition and there is no respecter of persons; everyone is equally valued as a human being.

 
Legal Statements Overview:

No Discrimination of, Race, Ethnicity, Class/Socio-economic status, State, or Creed.

 
In first stage of operation, operated and administered by A USA PPP LLC, in business since September 2017 (LLC registered in May 2019). Once the Nonprofit A USA Preservation is registered and established, the A USA Preservation will take over the ownership of the organization’s property and administer and operate the AHR.

 
Depositing records of any kind or artifacts into AHR does not transfer ownership of any record, item, or archive. This is why this archive for the American people is named a “repository.”

 
Intellectual Rights including but not limited to Copyright ownership of the content of the records of enduring value (and records that may be determined to not be of enduring value) that come into AHR on deposit are maintained by the owners of those rights. AHR does not claim intellectual rights to any record, only in cases in which the depositor on the Deed of Gift checks the box that states their wish to transfer copyrighted materials to the AHR.

 
Integrity Statements Overview:

Administration, Facility, Archival work, and Records management of AHR are all done with high professional standards and high level of integrity. The SAA is looked to for high professional standards and best practices.

 
Compliant with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

 
Founding archivist Paul Wheelhouse

Credentials: MSLIS with Special Collections Certificate from one of the Big Ten Universities in the USA and the top library science school, Museum Studies Certificate from another major state university, and M.Div, and a member in good standing with the Society of American Archivists since 2014.

 Funders/Donors: Types

Each Depositor: Each depositor pays at least a small fee for depositing a record or records, and annual membership dues, both on sliding scale of income the last five years

Non-Depositor Targeted Funders: Those who want to give for specific needs, such as for a computer, software, server, archival file folders, filing cabinets, or needed services such as web design, advertising, marketing, or accounting

Major Funders/ Investors: Capital for obtaining adequate commercial space leased or purchased.

A 4th category are “manpower” “funders,” that is, supporters, such as those who want to voluntarily serve on the Executive Board of Directors or Advisory Board.

 
Initial Planning Stage:
March 2017 – Summer 2020

 Archive/ Repository Established and Set Up

Summer-Fall 2020
“Brick & mortar” facility centrally located in the U.S.A.

 Building the Archive/ Repository, Fall 2020

Receive Deposited materials from individual citizens and family members coast-to-coast and Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories

Only together can we build this Archive for the American people. Your funds mean so much, not just to me but potentially millions of Americans who may eventually deposit their records of enduring value in this new permanent archive. I will be so grateful to you, fellow American. Founding archivist, Paul Wheelhouse


American Heritage Repository Blog 1st post 2017

Donations

  • Kendall Brune 
    • $20 
    • 13 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos

Organizer

Paul Wheelhouse 
Organizer
Gainesville, FL
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