e-Archives is Purdue University Libraries digital library for archives and special collections, including manuscript collections, photographs, and University publications. The e-Archives digital library went live in 2006, as a result of the work of the Digital Initiatives Team in the Libraries Archives and Special Collections. The team, comprised of a Digital Initiatives Librarian, a Metadata Specialist, and an Archivist, evaluated existing digital asset management systems and chose to purchase and implement CONTENTdm, the software that runs e-Archives. Based on existing standards and best practices, the team also wrote selection criteria for digitization and workflows for digital imaging and metadata creation.
By early 2009, e-Archives had grown to include more than 107,000 digital objects, representing several major collections of manuscripts and university archives. The e-Archives digital library contains a wide variety of media formats, including photographic prints, sound recordings, video recordings, documents, and books. Highlighted collections include the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers, all issues of the Purdue University yearbook (The Debris), and all of the Purdue University Board of Trustees minutes (1865-2009). Collections representing a variety of Purdue University's schools and colleges are also available in e-Archives, such as alumni magazines and administrative memoranda. e-Archives supports the mission of the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections by providing enhanced access to the rare or unique holdings of the Purdue Libraries.