International Time Capsule Society

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The International Time Capsule Society (ITCS), based at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, is an organization established to promote the study of time capsules.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Since 1990, it has been documenting all types of time capsule projects worldwide.[1][3][4][5][6][7] ITCS manages an active registered map of all time capsules maintained by the NotForgotten Library Depository.

Founders and committee[edit]

The founders and current committee are time capsule researchers and developers from the United States and Europe.[1]

  • Knute Berger ("Skip"), executive director of the Washington Centennial Time Capsule project, author of the article Time Capsules in America[1][8]
  • Dr. Brian Durrans, anthropologist, former deputy keeper in the ethnography department of the British Museum.[1]
  • Paul Hudson, author of the article The Oglethorpe Atlanta Crypt of Civilization Time Capsule[1]
  • William Jarvis, of Washington State University Library, author of the book Time capsules: a cultural history (2002).
  • Today Olgethorpe University is represented on the ITCS by Eli Arnold, Director and University Librarian at Oglethorpe University
  • Committee chairwoman : Adrienne Waterman, founder of NotForgotten Digital Preservation Library


The International Time Capsule Society:

  • To maintain a registry of timed events of all known time capsules.[5][9]
  • To establish a clearing house for information about time capsules.[5][9]
  • To encourage study of the history, variety, and motivation behind time capsule projects.[5][9]
  • To educate the general public and the academic community concerning the value of time capsules.[5][9]
  • To maintain an active directory of all time capsule industry stakeholders.[5][9]


The International Time Capsule Society is an organization dedicated to tracking the world's time capsules to ensure that those that are created are not lost.[1][5]

  • The ITCS has set up a registry of time capsules, and has 3000 groups listed.[4][5] The ITCS estimates there are between 10,000 and 15,000 time capsules worldwide.[1][9] Paul Hudson of Oglethorpe University estimates that more than 80 percent of all time capsules are lost and will not be opened on their intended date.
  • The ITCS held a series of conferences at Oglethorpe University at their campus in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]
  • The ITCS is currently digitizing the library of time capsule records it holds and publishing them in the WorldCat

Crypt of Civilization[edit]

The International Time Capsule Society was founded at Oglethorpe University, home of the Crypt of Civilization, the first modern time capsule.

Lost time capsules[edit]

The International Time Capsule Society is also in search of several time capsules that supposedly at one time existed, however are presently lost.[10][11] It requests that the whereabouts of any of the lost capsules be reported to them.[11] New methods using GPS coordinates are underway to prevent time capsules from getting lost in time.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Oglethorpe University - International Time Capsule Society". Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  2. ^ "Oglethorpe University - Inventory of the Crypt of Civilization". Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  3. ^ a b "The British Library - How do I make a time capsule". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  4. ^ a b c "Membership Organizations - International Time Capsule Society (ITCS )". Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "AffordableTimeCapsule web site". Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  6. ^ a b Jarvis, William E. (5 October 2015). Time Capsules: A Cultural History By William E. Jarvis, p. 137. ISBN 9780786480951. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  7. ^ a b ""The New York Times" article June 4, 1990: Insuring That Capsules Aren't Lost to Time". 1990-06-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  8. ^ "Time Capsule: Remains of the Day". Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "article April 30, 2005: The Crypt of Civilization - Museum in a time capsule". Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  10. ^ "Time In a Bottle; As the Millennium Approaches, Gadgets Are Piled Into Capsules As a Present for the Future". The New York Times. 1999-04-22. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  11. ^ a b "Oglethorpe University - Experts List the Most-Wanted Time Capsules". Archived from the original on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2008-07-01.

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