* How to ORGANIZE Your Photos

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

Last Day for Shipping Today (Sunday, August 3rd) is the last day for free shipping on Practical Archivist CDs. To learn what kind of information I’ve made available on CD — and how it can help you organize, preserve and share your family photo treasures — click here. . To find out the reason behind […]

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.

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 that […]

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 […]

Every year around the “Gotta Get Organized!” time of year, I give away one free information product that helps folks just like you organize photo collections. This year, I asked my email list subscribers and readers to tell me about their greatest information need. We narrowed it down to two choices, and “How to Organize […]

[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 […]