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Carol Kammen tells of the reasonings behind requiring her students to keep a scrapbook for the semester and emphasizes the importance of scrapbooks to future historians.

A student scrapbook may capture a persons life at a very particular time and contribute to the history record of the university, a scrapbook project designed by a local historical society can provide a way for people to document their lives and the places in which they live.

Kammen says that scrapbooks encourage people to think about what they might leave for the future and they can also provide some indication of the concerns of a community.