At one point, those of us old enough to remember will remember, we hoped to build a web in which each person controlled their own information and everyone else could subscribe to it. I think we thought we were going to build something called “the semantic web.” Well, that depended on everyone committing to learning additional competences not only in their respective areas of interest and work but also in communications. Apparently, that didn’t happen, so now we have these various platforms/silos in which we dump our information in hopes of being found. I’m not going to count on people knowing which of the following are interesting to them:
Over the years I have developed a variety of forms both to aid me in my own work as well as to help other individuals and organizations in their own work. In order to keep these forms available for public use, all are copyrighted by me, but they are copyrighted under the Creative Commons * Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike*. What this means that anyone and everyone is free to use these documents for personal or educational or any other kind of use as long as you are not making money off the forms themselves — so, yes, a business could use these forms for research, no problem. I ask that you attribute leave the URL to this page in place, so that others may also find these forms. I also ask that if you modify these forms in anyway that you make them available under the same license. And, of course, if you find these forms useful, please feel free to drop me a note to let me know how they worked for you or what changes I should consider making to make them better. All revisions will be credited.
Please also feel free to check out a collection of “interview tips” I have collected and posted here.
I keep the forms, and other documents, on Scribd because it’s convenient and they offer several download formats:
The archive donation form below will be less useful to individual researchers, but it is a model for that some archivists have asked about: