IFTF Digital Archive

Image from IFTF Research report on the future of work.

The Institute for the Future is a non-profit think tank that was established in 1968. Over 50 years of practicing futures thinking has lead to the publication of a large quantity of fascinating reports.

The digitization of IFTF’s early archive ensures long-term preservation of historical documents, and a fully searchable online database improves accessibility.

Digital collection 617 digital items Physical collection 25.5 linear feet (47 manuscript boxes, 1 map folder)

The archive holds many treasures, such as this letter from renowned futurist Alvin Toffler to Olaf Helmer, the founder of IFTF. In this letter Mr. Toffler references a conversation with Arthur C. Clarke, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential authors of Science Fiction.

Quid algorithms reveal patterns in large, unstructured datasets and then generate beautiful, actionable visualizations. 

A dedicated website provides direct access to the IFTF Archive.

IFTF Archive

2014 -2018

Client: Institute for the Future (IFTF)

My Role: Project Lead

Collaboration: This project was made possible with the help of Stanford Special Collections & University Archive, Quid, Computer History Museum, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Marc Burdett as developer of the Archive Website, and Heather Yager as Advisor and Inspirational Archivist