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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 […]

Wait! I’m getting a vision… Yes, it’s getting clearer… You have a box of old, unsorted photos at home. Oh, I crack myself up. I read an entertaining article online called “I see dumb people” – Learn to cold-read like a so-called “psychic.” Apparently, one of the tricks is to be as vague as possible […]

Hard drive failure. It’s a nightmare, no doubt about it. And it will happen to you eventually. Here’s a quick tip on what you should never do if your hard drive crashes: Restart the machine. Why? Because accidentally deleted files could be overwritten. Permanently, irrevocably overwritten.Below is a peek at a damaged JPEG file. The […]

. You know how sometimes you click on a link and get an error message that says something like: 404 File Not Found? Apelad created a set of illustrations for these kinds of HTTP error messages. You can see all of them in his flickr set. My favorite is the one you see above. It’s […]

Genealogists and family historians have swapped ancestor photos for as long as photography has been around. These days, it’s easier than ever to scan and share photos. But what can you do if your cousin sends you scans that look terrible? Becca has that problem, and she turned to The Practical Archivist for help. Hi […]

I worry a lot about the fate of old sound recordings. Although recorded sound has only been around for a little over 100 years, our archives, basements and attics are bursting with a legacy of multiple obsolete formats. To add insult to injury, each time you play an original recording you destroy some of the […]

I love it when the challenges of digital preservation hit the main stream press. It shocks me how few people understand how fragile digital files are. Which reminds me, before we get to the TV clip, I want to thank the New York Times for tearing down their pay wall. Now I can post links […]