There is a delightful usefulness in the collections of the MITH vintage computer archive. The collection of computers and floppy discs adds an aspect to the archive of scholars having to not only preserve the physical machines, but also having to use those same machines to access the data contained on the floppy discs within the archive. The politic of this archival dichotomy is expressed by the passage “the complex relationship between the archive and memory is not confined to the forces/agents of the outside but inheres in the interior dynamics of the archive”. Without the preservation of the computer hardware the programmed memory discs become unreadable.
There is the potential for the MITH archive to develop into something truly expansive in large part due to the eventual obsolescence of computer technologies. As technology changes our methods of programming data do as well, not just in the form of storage mediums but also in programming methods. We must continue to work not only on the creation of newer and better computers and programs, but also on the preservation of the hardware and data we are continuously generating, lest the archives of our age go the way of the great library of Alexandria and become lost to the ages.