Organize Your Stuff Without Getting Overwhelmed

Organize Your Stuff Without Getting Overwhelmed

In this webinar, I explain easy steps you can take to organize and preserve what's meaningful and important to you. The focus is on family and personal items--like papers, photographs, and audio-visual items--but the methods I discuss can be used for organizing anything. Feel calmer and less stressed knowing that your stuff is in order and you can find everything you need. 

Letter #4: Man of Action

Letter #4: Man of Action

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. The letters are chronologically organized and preserved, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

In his fourth letter, Grandpa seems to be all business. He's getting used to working in the factory and is looking forward to taking on new projects and learning new skills. He seems a bit distracted by the amount of work that's ahead of him. I think it's his way of saying that he's working very hard and earning as much money as he can. It seems odd that the check would be sent home to his father, but perhaps that was because Grandpa had just gotten settled into his boarding house. 

Letter #3: Sweeter Than Sweet

Letter #3: Sweeter Than Sweet

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. The letters are chronologically organized and preserved, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

In Grandpa's third letter, he's feeling homesick. The weather is bad, he's breaking out, his money may run out, and the theater in town doesn't compare to the one at home. 

How to Analyze Historic Photographs

How to Analyze Historic Photographs

Photographs contain a wealth of information, but you need to build your visual literacy to extract clues. The social history context that photographs provide is especially important for groups who have historically not been represented in text-based archival collections, such as women or people of color. I've gathered some of the techniques I use when conducting historical analysis of photographs.

Letter #2: Getting Settled

Letter #2: Getting Settled

I'm continuing my series of scanning, transcribing, and annotating my grandfather's love letters to my grandmother leading up to their marriage in June 1940. chronologically organized and preserved in archival-quality folders, using the methods I discuss in detail in my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

In this letter, Grandpa is getting settled in Scranton during his first week there. When he's not working at the factory, he's eating out, playing pool, shopping, and going to the movies. He also attends church, which he made sure to include in his letter because my grandma would've approved. Nice play, Grandpa!