I posted a bit of information last week on Twitter, but here's further information on the work we did at UT-San Antonio.
As a relaveily young organization that had previously collected manuscripts in a few subjet areas, using web harvesting became an vital option for gathering documentation in our collection analysis and new collection development policy. It also jump-started the university archives for capturing the activities of administration, faculty, and particularly student organizations. In one example, the university operated a Latino Health Research Center, but subsequently shut it down. While we have no traiditional documentation on the Center outside of some scattered pubs, the univeristy forgot to unplug the web site. So xix years after the center closed, we captured the site, which is the best documentation about it.
For manuscript collecting, we deliberately identified in desired topical areas if web harvestinw would be the primary form of documenntation, blended with traditional paper/digital files, or not at all. We saw the web as an equal means of providing documentary evidence, such as in the areas of immigration and water resources, and some web collectiions we developed after discussions with existing collection donors, such as bilingual education.
More information at the URLs below.
(under 2001 SAA presentations)