John’s Island Regional Library -- This presentation addresses the need and efforts to preserve historical records, photos, and documents and also includes the practice of proper storage and care of these archival materials. Donald West is an instructor in the Department of History, Humanities, and Languages at Trident Technical College. He teaches both sequences of the U.S. History and African American History courses. He also teaches a survey history course on Africa. West also has more than 25-years of experience in archives and museums. Funded in part by South Carolina Humanities.