If you are the keeper of family history items that you believe could be of interest to scholars, you may wish to donate them to an institution where they will be archived and available for others to use.
As you reflect on your life, what moments or thoughts would you like to save? What about some of your family members? Wouldn’t you like to record their opinions on their lives?
Open-ending questions about people’s life experiences yield surprising results. Use these questions to record your thoughts, or start a conversation with a relative. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.
I was recently interviewed on The Life Story Coach podcast about my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs.
Hosted by Amy Woods Butler, a personal historian and life story writer, The Life Story Coach helps listeners build careers as professional writers of personal and family histories.
In this session, we'll be discussing what to look for to rehouse your precious family treasures. The preservation of your collections is significantly advanced with the help of stable enclosures. Once you have your selection of acid-free, lignin-free, pH neutral boxes, folders, tissues, and more, you can ensure the safest storage possible for your most valued items.
I was recently interviewed on the Genealogy Happy Hour podcast about my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs. Considering that I just got back from a red eye flight from Portland, Oregon for the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists, I think I did pretty good!
Take stock of your family history materials before you start your archives project. Join me this Monday, August 7th at 2 pm EST via Facebook Live on my Creating Family Archives group page. If you're not already a member, come join the fun!
Get hands on with your archives! What's the proper way to handle these precious family treasures? Join me this Monday, July 31st at 2 pm EST via Facebook Live on my Creating Family Archives group page. If you're not already a member, come join the fun!
When you are creating your family archives, you will most likely have to rehouse your family treasures in suitable storage containers, such as folders, enclosures, and boxes. These items are often described as “archival” or “archival quality” by their manufacturers, but these terms convey no specifics about their preservation use.
Many of us organize a lifelong collection of personal papers and photos either when we have free time, such as in retirement, or when we have to deal with the belongings of a someone who has passed away. Often the project seems daunting because we don’t know where to begin.
Once you jump over that mental hurdle, you will be amazed at what you discover.