About the Digital Archives, CACHE
The Kalamazoo College Digital Archive (CACHE) promotes, protects, and preserves digital materials of academic and historical interest related to Kalamazoo College. Collections within CACHE include a broad range of materials spanning the 190-year history of K College, ranging from publications, administrative documents, images, and many others.
At this time many of our archived materials are scanned and shared via PDF where a limited amount of metadata is stored. If you would like to work with a specific material and require accommodations due to a physical or mental impairment we are here to help! For accommodations in using archived materials please email the College Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribute to CACHE
The Kalamazoo College community can submit materials through CACHE. Reasons you should consider submitting materials to the College Archives include:
- CACHE promotes our academic programs. Many materials in CACHE are searchable in Google, so anyone around the world can find out about the work we are doing at K.
- Reach a wide audience. CACHE materials are indexed by Google, so anyone searching the Web could find your work if you desire. However, SIPs require author permission to be distributed to anyone without a Kalamazoo College network account.
- Assessment. CACHE can show how many SIPs were done in a given department in a given year, who advised them, what grants the author may have received, and what other organizations may have sponsored the author’s research.
- Ease of use. The PDFs in CACHE are keyword searchable throughout the database, and each file is searchable as well.
- Preservation of varying formats. CACHE can store and preserve a variety of digital formats including text, audio, video, and images.
- Save space. Once an item is stored in CACHE, the paper copy does not need to be retained. Some departments may choose to keep paper if they want.
- Don’t worry about backups. CACHE backs up and preserves your materials so you don’t have to worry about losing them.
- Permanent URL. Once materials are in CACHE, the URL is permanent and can be used on resumes, newsletters, or other websites.