What's the difference between an account and an archive?

What's the difference between an account and an archive?

A Permanent account is an account on Permanent.org with credentials and payment information established by an individual. A Permanent account has access to one or more Permanent archives, and is associated with certain settings and actions such as the amount of storage used an available, account information, switching between archives, and inviting other people to Permanent. These settings and actions are accessed through the account menu in the upper right corner of your screen.

A Permanent archive is the collection of digital records to be preserved forever that are the legal property of an individual, family, or organizational entity. Archives are created by Permanent account holders.

When you log into Permanent, you are taken to your default archive (learn more about default archives here). You can see which archive you are working in by looking at the left side of the screen. 

You can access different settings and actions pertaining to that archive by clicking the arrow underneath the archive name. Here, if you have the correct access role to do so, you can view and edit the Archive Profile, view and manage Archive Connections, view and manage Archive Members, and change Archive Settings.

Your Permanent account allows you to create and be a member of an unlimited number of archives. Learn more about creating new archives, switching between archives, and adding members to archives with these help articles.
    • Related Articles

    • Create a Permanent.org Account

      Welcome to Permanent! We are excited that you are interested in learning more and joining our community. It's our goal to try to make it as easy as possible to get started, so if at any point you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us ...
    • Tour of Your New Permanent Account and Archive

      Congratulations on taking the first steps towards preserving the materials and memories that mean the most to you! We are excited to have you joining the Permanent community. When you log into your Permanent.org account, you will land in your first ...
    • Create Your First Archive

      Congratulations on taking the first step to preserving your legacy by signing up for a Permanent.org account! Once you have created your Permanent.org account, you will create your first archive. An archive is a collection of material that represents ...
    • Creating Your First Archive on the Mobile App

      This article will walk you through creating your first archive on the Permanent.org mobile app. Welcome to Permanent.org, and congratulations on creating an account and taking your first steps towards building a legacy for yourself, your community, ...
    • Accept an Invitation as an Archive Member

      Archive owners can add members to their archive so that family, friends, and colleagues can view the archive and collaborate on adding materials, organizing the archive, and describing materials. An archive member is someone who has access to another ...