After spending some time with each individual archive, there are many things to note. The first is that each archive is different. This is not only in the way it is presented to the viewer and navigable on the internet, but also what its contents are. This makes me think of the quote, “The archive preserves and reserves, protects and patrols, regulates and represses” (Werner/Voss i). The owner and creator of the archive essentially is the god of the archive. This allows him or her to decide what is preserved, protected, and regulated. To each owner or creator of an archive, they may decide on different things to protect for the years to come, and allow future generations to learn from.
One archive I took notice of in particular is the William Blake Archive. Viewing the home page, and all of the different navigation options, it immediately makes me consider the quote from Sample’s article “Platform Studies as Historical Inquiry, or, Video Games Bleed History” that states, “Look closely at any of the five layers and you can see how it is not only dependent on the layers below, but also on the context that presses in from every side” (n. pag.). The first link is that to his actual works, the bulk of what the archive is. The next link includes that to his personal quarterly. Continuing on, you can view what is “new” in the archive. Next you can actually search for text or images. But it doesn’t stop there, it allows you to view his biography and more information about him, and then more information about the archive itself. This clearly portrays what Sample was getting at in his article, in that all of those pages and links rely on one another to complete the whole of the information the archivist is wanting to showcase. This archive is a fantastic example of what archivist are pursuing to achieve.