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Our favorite photographs are valuable beyond measure. Many folks name a photo or album of photos as the possession they would grab first if they ever had to flee. Just last month, I heard a story about a woman who escaped her burning office tower on September 11th…only to rush back inside to retrieve the […]

Sometimes? You have to carry your anger around with you for a looong time before you have a chance to write it down. I’ve literally been holding onto an empty egg carton because the icky marketing tactics reminded me so much of the way archival photo boxes are sold. It’s an important lesson for anyone […]

Post-It notes are only temporary. Is it safe to put then on photographs?

. Alexander Stille is one of my favorite writers. Here is a link to the first essay of his that I ever read. I discovered it while I was in grad school over a decade ago, and I never forgot it. It’s free to read, and I hope you enjoy it. Free Online Essay: Are […]

SLAGIAT = “Seemed like a good idea at the time.” In the past, conservators used poisons like cyanide and arsenic (!) to kill insects and other pests. Even though they didn’t always work. Eeeek. After apologizing for preaching to the converted, a conservator on a professional email list had this to say: More than one […]

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 […]