Practical Archivist

by Sally J.

 

The Practical Archivist @Work

Hiya! I’m Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist.

Ever since I began my training as an archivist back in the late 20th century, I’ve been giving friends and family advice on how to organize and preserve photographs and other treasures like letters, family bibles and wedding gowns.

I’m pretty much a hopeless geek on the topic, as anyone who knows me will tell you. Especially the photographs. I joke that I’ve never met an antique photo I didn’t like, but hey howdy hey I actually mean it.

For over a decade I’ve been teaching in-person workshops at genealogical societies, DAR luncheons, public libraries and even one tractor collector convention called the Red Power Round Up after which I got to ride in a parade back to work in this beauty. (Suh-weet). I’ve taught folks how to preserve and purge their photographs, how to scan them properly and how to write the stories behind them.

 

What are you here to learn more about?

 

* Organize and De-Clutter My Photographs:

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your photos? That shoebox full of photos isn't going to organize itself, now is it?Maybe you kept every snapshot you ever had developed (even the duplicates and the fuzzy ones) or perhaps you just inherited boxes and boxes of heirloom photos. I can help you transform the chaos into a family archive you’ll be proud to show off and share with others.

    • Click here to read Practical Archivist articles about how to organize photos and reduce clutter.
    • Click here to visit my Amazon store and see which books I recommend for organizing photos and reducing clutter. Note: I get a small % of anything you purchase on Amazon via that link…like leaving a tip in a tip jar. So, thanks for that. :)

* Preserve Family Treasures:

Tools needed to remove an ancestor photo from a broken frame      Do you take your role as Family Archivist seriously?
      Have irreplaceable family treasures been entrusted to your care?
      Does your heart sing when you imagine your great-grandchildren enjoying these treasures?

If you answered yes to one or all of the above questions, you’re could use information about how to properly care for these treasures — that’s written specifically for family archivists and not folks who have an advanced degree in Library Science.

Lucky for you, you’ve found the right place:

  • Click here to read Practical Archivist articles about how to preserve antique and vintage items such as photo albums, newspaper clippings, and other treasures.
  • Click here to visit my Amazon store and see which books I recommend for preserving family collections. Note: I get a small % of anything you purchase on Amazon via that link…like leaving a tip in a tip jar. So, thanks for that. :)

* Scan Analog Items & Share With Others:

In order to keep your unique family treasures safe from harm, it’s best to keep them away from damaging elements like UV rays and rough handling. Does this mean that no one should ever see them on a wall or hold one in their hands?

I don’t know about you, but I want it both ways. Thanks to digitization, we can have it both ways.

I’m also a big advocate for writing down the stories behind your photographs. There’s not a lot of that content yet on this website, but you can see the books I use in my workshops if you click the Amazon link below.

  • Click here to read Practical Archivist articles about how digitization allows you to do both. Create facsimile items via digitization and you can display them in full sun.
  • Click here to visit my Amazon store and see which books, software and hardware I recommend for scanning family treasures.
  • Click here to visit my Amazon store and see which books I recommend for jump-starting your memoir writing using your very own photos. Note: I get a small % of anything you purchase on Amazon via that link…like leaving a tip in a tip jar. So, thanks for that. :)

 

“But I need the kind of help you can’t get from a book!”

I teach classes on an irregular basis in person here in Wisconsin, but also via telephone and web chat for folks who aren’t lucky enough to live here. If you’re in a Family Archives Crisis, you can call me to set up a phone session (rates are $75/hr). My mobile office number is 608-616-0058.

Another option is to purchase the recording of my Joy of Organizing Photos workshop. It’ll only cost you $25 + S&H and it comes right to your door on a CD. Learn more about it on my Joy of Organizing Photos website.