Everyone has a story to tell. Especially you.
Your life is a compelling saga. To those who love you most, and to generations yet to be born, it is as enthralling as a bestseller. It is a composition crafted since before you entered this world—and it is still being written.
The words are there. They are your family stories, your parents' love letters, and your journals in the attic. The images are there too. They are the photographs stuffed in albums, piled in drawers, or packed in your basement.
Each of your photos and documents has a fascinating history, including how and why it survived generations. Will you give these artifacts the care they need to be passed on to your loved ones?
A guide was designed to help you create your legacy. You will learn how to protect your most cherished family treasures using techniques that professionals in the finest museums around the world employ. These solutions are easy, inexpensive. and crafted especially for you.
You and your family will soon enjoy the strengthened relationships, richer communication, and feelings of belonging that preserving memories has brought to thousands of lives.
You will come to understand history as you never did before. You will discover the traits, temperaments, and talents that connect your family through generations. You will realize that you are a member of a much larger group than your immediate family. You are part of history.
Are you ready to preserve your past, enrich your present, and inspire hope for your future?
Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs is available in paperback or ebook.
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How are you creating your legacy?
Does this sound familiar?
- You don’t know where your children’s baby pictures are.
- Your grandmother’s recipe collection—cherry tarts, parmesan popovers—is getting dusty and brittle in the attic.
- Your pictures are crammed in boxes: bent, ripped, stuck together. Is that mold?
- You worry about your bins of Mom and Dad’s papers stored in the basement.
- You know that you should take care of your family history, but you don’t know what to do. You feel overwhelmed.
- Having all of your most treasured family memories in one spot.
- Being able to enjoy and share your treasures anytime you wish.
- Finding the exact item you’re looking for in a matter of seconds.
- Creating special albums for reunions, anniversaries, or birthdays.
- Storing your papers and photographs safely.
- Passing on your precious memories to your descendants and even future researchers.
What Can You Do With Your Family Archives?
- Locate and collect historical records in your family.
- Organize and catalog them for their best use and care.
- Analyze and interpret the information the sources hold.
- Identify and find more information by comparing the sources to books about them.
- Care and conserve sources by archival standards to preserve them.
- Describe and quote from the sources in your family history narratives.
- Illustrate your narratives with images from your archives.
- Donate your archives to proper repositories, if you wish.
Why I Wrote The Book
Your family papers and photographs are some of your most cherished possessions. They tell the stories of our lives.
However, in our fast-paced lives, our family history documents can be scattered in multiple places, in numerous boxes tucked in a basement, or stored in an attic. They’re disorganized and vulnerable to damage.
I wrote Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs after witnessing devastating losses many people experienced regarding their home archives. Natural disasters, pest infestation, poor handling and storage, fires, and floods will always be a threat to your historical collections. I can help you safeguard your memories so you can prevent the loss of these irreplaceable treasures.
The book can help you, inspire you, and guide you. Assisting you to preserve your memories is my objective. When you decide to read my book, you are one step closer to protecting your precious memories.
Only the Essentials
Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs was written as a guide to help you protect your history right away. If a book is short and easy-to-read, it's more likely to actually be used. Archives isn't your life's work, and you don't have the time for a long treatise on archival methodology.
You don't need to know everything. As with any field, there's a lot you could learn about archives, but unless you're an archivist, there's a limit to how much is useful for you to learn to maximize your time and efforts.
Every family collects a lifetime of personal papers and photographs that tell the stories of their loved ones. The caretakers of these precious holdings inherit boxes overflowing with memories but are puzzled on how to even start to maintain or preserve their heritage. This book simplifies the principles and practices of professional archivists and curators so that anyone with a passion for their personal and familial history can apply these techniques to their family treasures. Based on archival practice, the book offers step-by-step advice that is easy, efficient, and economical. After reading this book, you should have a better understanding of how to organize your irreplaceable documents and preserve your rich family histories for future generations.
- About the Author
- Chapter 1: Establish Your Goals and Plan
- Chapter 2: Learn Preservation Basics
- Chapter 3: Master Handling Materials
- Chapter 4: Survey Your Collections
- Chapter 5: Appraise Your Collections
- Chapter 6: Buy Your Supplies
- Chapter 7: Process Your Collections
- Chapter 8: Preserve Your Papers
- Chapter 9: Preserve Your Photographs
- Chapter 10: Preserve Your Scrapbooks and Albums
- Chapter 11: Preserve Your Books
- Chapter 12: Store and Display Your Archives
- Connect with the Community
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