Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2016

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

First Advisor

Whalen, Zach

Second Advisor

Richards, Gary

Major or Concentration

English (Creative Writing Concentration)


This work of segmented creative nonfiction examines nostalgia as a force that can impact and aid the preservation processes with regard to born digital works. Through research and personal accounts these segments work in conjunction with one another to evaluate the current state and potential future of digital preservation. Nostalgia in relation to digital technology is studied through concepts such as tech-nostalgia and Skeuomorphism, both of which directly frame digital preservation practices. Unique works of electronic literature are also assessed in relation to challenges in preservation and how the authors, preservationists, as well as audiences respond to the challenges that preservation brings in a digital age. By examining digital preservation and how nostalgia can influence the processes a personal stance is asserting with regards to preserving the author's works of electronic literature for the future, and what that means to them as a citizen of the Internet age.