* How to ORGANIZE Your Photos

The one where I swear it’s impossible to give you a number…and then I sort of do.

Since I started my Practical Archivist blog back in 2005, I’ve spent a lot of time encouraging and helping people to ditch their photo clutter.  So far, I’ve focused on the shoeboxes and envelopes and drawers filled with photo clutter from the 60s-70s-80s and 90s. Now I’ve made it my goal to get you to […]

5 easy tips plus an important reminder that you can successfully tackle a large family photo project. I promise.

Tweet 5 tips to help you preserve your one-of-a-kind family photographs 1. You can’t keep it all. Really, you can’t. I get surprised looks when I share this truth with my workshop participants. I realize it’s the opposite of what most people expect an archivist to say. But archivists know better than perhaps anyone else […]

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator. At my request, she’s offered an excerpt from Chapter 6 of her new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records (Family Tree Books, 2012). This content is specifically about your ancestors’ genealogy research records […]

Earlier, I wrote about how to preserve family letters so they last as long as possible. The focus was on love letters (awww) but you’ve probably already figured out that my advice applies to all kinds of letters written on paper. A big part of the solution is to simply unfold each letter and place […]

In my last post, I argued that item level description can be like accidentally ending up on a freight train to crazytown —  especially if your family archive is BIG and it includes boxes n’ boxes n’ boxes of historic treasures. This is also true if you’ve been left with an alarming number of unidentified […]

Background: I asked my email list subscribers and readers to tell me about their greatest information need with regard to family photos. There were lots of choices, but two rose to the top. Of the two, “How to Organize Photos Like An Archivist” was the winner. ———————————————————————- Level of Description: What Does That Mean? Most […]

[Re: The “?” in the title: Although it comes as a surprise to many people, this information and advice is not even remotely shocking if you are an archivist. Just sayin. ] Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. Whaaat? An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I spent more time learning the art […]

In an earlier post about how to organize photos, I talked about respecting age. The older the photograph, the harder you should try to find another home for it if you don’t want to keep it yourself. Part of the reason why you should respect age is because age goes hand in hand with scarcity. […]