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I have a weakness for obsolete technology in general, and typewriters in particular. This is a marvelous video about a small Chicago business with plenty of clickety clack. He even sells typewriter ribbon! And here’s footage of lots of antique typewriters from a shop in Portland, OR: Got a typewriter story or memory you’d like […]

. This video from UNC-Chapel Hill reveals a neat-o way to store fragile pamphlets upright on a book shelf. If you want to get fancy, you can scan the original cover and attach a printout to your new cover. You can even add an edge label so you will know the title without opening anything […]

  10 Years Ago I.. Hand coded my first website. Received my Master’s in Library Science with a Specialization in Archives Management. Began my job as Assistant Corporate Archivist / Image Researcher at American Girl. Turned thirty. Married the love of my life. Five Things on Today’s To-Do List Wake up my kids, make them […]

[NOTE: This post originally appeared one year ago, July 30, 2007.] Last year, Randy over at Genea-Musings found this wonderful photographic treasure in his Aunt Geraldine’s papers. He asked for input from readers to help date this pair of cased photographs. Randy’s post contains some great resources to help you date old photographs, so be […]

The curse of the half-finished project. Photo by Ben Kelly, pope24, some rights reserved You made your New Year’s Resolutions. You started your photo organizing project with tons of enthusiasm. Oh, yes, you told yourself. This year is going to be different. But now it’s February, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and…well… Here are […]

. I love this hilarious video of a wee one and the simple joy of tearing paper. It reminds me of the days when my kids were tiny and the wrapping paper was more interesting than the gift. Awww. But it’s also an easy-to-remember lesson about why the smallest members of the family shouldn’t be […]

If you’re tackling a family photo project, you’ll need to think about what kind of storage supplies will work best for you. Basically, you have two choices when choosing an album or photo storage box:1. Paper.2. Plastic. The good news is you can find high quality archival storage products made out of either material. But […]

MAJOR OOPS! Wired News – AP News Software error at Charter Communications deletes 14,000 email accounts. No chance of recovery (except for data backed up by customers) “There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from inboxes and archive folders across the country on Monday, said Anita Lamont, […]

Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. Whaaat? An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I spent more time learning the art of archival appraisal than any other skill while in grad school. And by appraisal, I mean deciding what to keep and what to toss — based on what items have enduring value. […]

Photo by Joe Nangle I’ve been having some trust issues lately. There’s a popular archival supplier whose products seem to be slipping in quality. Then they sent out an email with claims about CD longevity that were misleading at best, utterly false at worst. This is a HUGE dilemma for me. If I can’t trust […]