The Process of Preservation

Step 1: Collecting

We collect artifacts from a variety of sources! We accept donations from developers, producers, and enthusiasts alike. We also download and store any freely available interactive media that is already online.

Click Here if you’re interested in donating a work of interactive media

Step 2: Cataloging

After collecting any new artifact, we manually catalog it by its format, title, author, and unique attributes. 

Click Here to explore our current catalog of preserved interactive content

Step 3: Digitizing

We digitize any interactive media we catalog which isn’t already in digital format. Digitization is an incredibly important part of preservation efforts because physical media like discs, cartridges, and cards are prone to decay/rot regardless of how well they are stored.

Click Here to volunteer for the IMArchive, including its digitization division

Step 4: Displaying

We try to make artifacts available to our patrons over the internet whenever possible. Otherwise, we are working to obtain a permanent physical space to publicly display our collection. We also exhibit parts of our collection at various events and partner venues.

Click Here to contact us if you are able to help us find a home for our collection