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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 […]

Here in the American Midwest, we’re familiar with the problem of seasonal flooding. We love to build our houses near gorgeous bodies of water, but that means a higher risk. Back in May 2008, the Wisconsin Dells lost Lake Delton. As in: It completely emptied out. And when it did, it took trees and handful […]

Erin, It’s safe to store a small stack of photographs together. It gets tricky when they are different sizes, since that can cause bending, plus a corner of a smaller photo can nick the emulsion of the one next to it. But same size prints in an enclosure that keeps them snug is OK, since […]

The year is 1967. Katherine Hepburn plays a successful corporate librarian named Bunny (Bunny!) who runs the research department at a major television network. She’s engaged to a cute guy who I would describe as a Zero. The thing is, Bunny is smart. Really smart. Almost spooky smart. Bunny shares her brilliancy with her Cute/Zero […]

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 […]

Whether you’ve inherited your favorite grandma’s love letters or it’s your name on the envelope, I have good news for you: It’s easy to preserve them long term. Pinkie-swear promise. Compared to other formats, paper is the least complicated. And love letters are basically just paper and a little ink or graphite. Think about it […]

How I Discovered ioSafe External Hard Drives The first time I ever even heard of such a thing as a waterproof and fireproof external hard drive was in an article called  Beyond organizing: storing and preserving those precious photos and videos by Omar Gallaga of  Digital Savant. Since I was interviewed for the piece, Omar […]