Personal archiving platforms can help you organize research materials and record descriptive data as you build personal collections of images and PDFs.
There are many platforms that can be used to manage your personal research archives, but Tropy, from the makers of Zotero, is one that is designed specifically for historians. Tropy is a free, open-access tool.
Advantages of Tropy:
Drawbacks of Tropy:
The Library and the Visual Resources Center in the Art History department have prepared some additional documentation on Tropy and two other personal tools for image management--Aries and Airtable. Visit our guide to Personal Image Archiving Tools to learn more about the platforms and best practices for file-naming. You can also view fully-functioning demonstration sites, and get help determining which tool or tools is best suited for your needs.