I have always been a storyteller. It’s how I make sense of the world and share what I value most. And it’s why I have come to love December. Because during this month, when we ask our community to support us, you also take the time to tell us what the Internet Archive means to you.
Thank you! Thank you for the thousands of messages you send us each day of our campaign. By reading them, I learned what you cherish, how you like to pass your time. I recognize among you poets and pragmatists, idealists and those deeply worried about our future.
Your stories move us to keep improving—to do more.
Here are a few that I’d like to share:
When my boyfriend died, he left behind a ticket stub to a concert that he took me to. I had no idea that he had held on to it for over 30 years. You were able to help me find a recording of that first Grateful Dead concert I ever went to. Listening to it brought back the magic of that night. Thank you. —Robyn
I used free internet resources when I was a penniless student. Now that I have a job, I want to help other penniless students. —Stephen
I am a recently retired professor of anthropology, and I am thrilled that I have access to resources that I once only had access to through my university library. My university ends access to both email accounts and library access upon retirement. Apparently, they assume that retirees immediately lose interest in research when they retire. Sad. —Linda
I am house-bound, reading my only enjoyment. On a fixed income, I appreciate what you provide and wish I could do more to support it. —Barbara
Without BBC radio plays I do not see how I could get through another Canadian winter. . . —Don
I love to read. I have Chronic Lymphocyctic Leukemia, so it’s hard to go out to shop for books. THANK YOU for this opportunity to read books. —D.G
I’ve searched so many websites for the same opportunities the Internet Archive offers, but was satisfied with none. With the Internet Archive library I feel joyous, happy and calm—cause I know it’s right there. Like my preferred name, I am just a happy reader. —Happy Reader
Thanks for helping keep open the only webport our tiny nonprofit has been able to offer since being attacked by WordPress hackers. The information is hard to find and invaluable to educators, poison control centers, and recreationists. —Western Montana Mycological Association
I donated because civilization devolves into tribal skulduggery when knowledge is allowed to perish. This we must not allow. —Jamaal
You are like an old hardware store full of vintage nuts and bolts…please stick around! —Happy Surfer
The remedy for Internet Alzheimer’s… —Steve
My daughter’s blog, Wonderinaliceland.blog.com ‘disappeared’ from the web some time ago and my friend Jonathan used your site to retrieve some of her wonderful writing. She has a brain tumor and will not be with us much longer. Her writing was her main way of dealing with her illness over the last eight years. —Peter
I did because I had the option to do, not the obligation, and I love it. —Tiochan
When your write to us, we like to write back. So if you find a letter with lots of beautiful stamps in your mailbox, you’ll know who it is from. Although we offer millions of free digital books and billions of Web pages throughout time, at the Internet Archive, we still appreciate a finely crafted 15 cent stamp.
And if you find our services useful, I hope you will make a donation and send us your own stories. Thank you.