THE INTERNATIONAL TIME CAPSULE SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU
Time capsules give individuals, families and organizations an independent voice to the future.
A time capsule is “a container used to store for posterity a selection of objects thought to be representative of life at a particular time.” Time capsules are interesting to people of all ages and touch people on a world-wide scale. Properly prepared time capsules preserve the salient features of history and can serve as valuable reminders of one generation for another.
“We are very excited to finally be able to digitize the thousands of time capsule registration records received by the International Time Capsule Society over the past thirty years. Because what is known must be shared and libraries and archives are responsible to the public to provide access to information, I believe the knowledge gained in finally processing the applications will offer a wealth of information on the way we remember collectively and what and how we determine what should be remembered. We are honored to partner with the NotForgotten Digital Preservation Library to build the historic record of time capsules and reignite the International Time Capsule Society.”
Eli Arnold, Director and University Librarian at Oglethorpe University
POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS!
Our diverse range of Committees and Task Forces collaborate with colleagues from around the world. We create forums for exchange, and develop programs and projects that move us all forward in a changing field.
GLOBAL DIRECTORY OF TIME CAPSULES & SERVICES
The ITCS Time Capsule Directory is an international resource guide for anyone working with Time Capsules. Find a supplier, or list your own services or products. We update the directory on a quarterly basis.
Since 1990, the ITCS has been documenting and mapping all types of time capsule projects worldwide.
Knowledge. Registry. Technology
The International Time Capsule Society started out in 1990 with four researchers from Europe and America coming together with a passion for time capsules. Little did they know that 30 years later it would grow into the thriving Time Capsule Society it is today. Our dedicated members focus on time capsule technology, consulting, cataloging and research. Learning and technology go hand-in-hand with everything we do.
We are proud to have received - and to be preserving - thousands of records of time capsules from all over the world.
Sign up or register your capsule — we’d love to share all that International Time Capsule Society has to offer.
To maintain a registry of timed events of all known time capsules.
To establish a clearing house for information about time capsules.
To encourage study of the technology, history, variety, and motivation behind time capsule projects.
To educate the general public and the academic community concerning the value of time capsules.
To maintain and share a global directory of time capsule interested parties
ELI ARNOLD ON SETTING THE RECORDS FREE
It was amazing and vast, but I distinctly smelled a sweet, almond-like fragrance down there and I realized that some of the older documents were in danger of decomposing (It was the furfural in the cellulose) so we set out to preserve them. We realized we needed technology and resources. Through volunteers and partnership we are now preserving the endangered records.
DISCOVERY IN THE ARCHIVES
Volunteer Fabian talks about the insights of the motivation behind time capsule projects found in the archives. Whole families have buried capsules with USBs in up to 9 locations. We have mapped them all.
THE CRYPT OF CIVILIZATION TIME CAPSULE AT OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY
… is the oldest millennial time capsule in conception and the largest in the world. In 1936, detailed plans were executed to build an extraordinary time capsule– one designed to store records for over 6,000 years, done on what could perhaps be described as an epic scale never before conceived. The visionary of this improbable quest was Oglethorpe University president Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, who has been called “the father of the modern time capsule.”