The Story Behind Our Time Capsule Society
The International Time Capsule Society (ITCS) is an organization established in 1990 to promote the careful study of time capsules. It strives to document all types of time capsules throughout the world, and to make this information accessible to the public.
The International Time Capsule Society has documented many thousands of time capsules for over thirty years. The group was founded and headquartered at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia where the Crypt of Civilization, regarded as the original time capsule, was sealed in 1937 to be opened in 2537 .
The ITCS is currently digitizing all of the time capsule records in its holdings into the International Time Capsule Registry and preserving the records in the Not Forgotten library depository.
Time capsule technology is a core part of the current committees focus - including the application of artificial intelligence, genealogy, and storage mediums to time capsule science.
ADRIENNE WATERMAN, BSC ENGINEERING
Based in Princeton, NJ, USA.
"I have a simple ambition - to keep stories and legacies safe in time capsules, and make stories discoverable and accessible for future generations to enjoy. I believe that our stories help us all see how we connect to the world, that leaving a legacy shouldn't cost a fortune, and that by participating in the Time Capsule library we will all contribute to having better understanding of our past."
Founding ITCS committee members included four time capsule experts from across the United States and Europe:
KNUTE “SKIP” BERGER
A Seattle-based writer; executive director of the Washington Centennial Time Capsule project: author of “Time Capsules in America” in The People’s Almanac #2 (1978).
DR. BRIAN DURRANS
Anthropologist and consultant, formerly senior curator in the British Museum; author of “Posterity and paradox: some uses of time capsules,” in Sandra Wallman (ed.), Contemporary futures: perspectives from Social Anthropology [ASA Monographs no. 30] (London & New York, Routledge, 1992, pp.51-67).
DR. PAUL HUDSON
1972 alumnus of Oglethorpe, author of “The Oglethorpe Atlanta Crypt of Civilization Time Capsule”, in the Georgia Historical Quarterly (1991).
WILLIAM E. JARVIS, MA, MLS
Associate Professor, Libraries, Emeritus, 2006-, Washington State University (Retired); Shelton, WA. 360.432.9614, firstname.lastname@example.org. He does various articles, speeches, consulting and media interviews on Time Capsule Studies. He is author of the definitive book: TIME CAPSULES: a CULTURAL HISTORY, 2003, McFarland, Jefferson, NC; London; ISBN: 978-0786412617; Jarvis, William E., 1945-.