photo archiving

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 […]

[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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

There are two types of cased images you might find in your family collection: ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. The quick and easy way to tell the difference between the two is that a daguerreotype will look like a mirror when you move it in the light. An ambrotype will not. I was thinking about this today […]

Just days after I wrote about how Microsoft is making a concerted effort to render JPEG obsolete, I learned that folks in the library/archives world have been discussing the possibility of JPEG 2000 as an acceptable format for long term digital preservation. Instead of, or in addition to, TIFF. I learned about this from Jill […]

Reader Andrew Millard left a helpful tip in the comments section about a web site for dating British photographs: http://www.cartes.freeuk.com/time/date.htm Andrew says: “It has a wide range of dated photographs that you can compare to your own undated ones.“ Thanks, Andrew! .

.Last month, 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 sure to stop by. It’s nice to have resources pooled together […]

There’s an interesting article in the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel called: “What to Keep, What to Throw Away? Think Carefully About What’s Really Important Before You Make a Decision.” . Read it here: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-165052691.html . Here’s an excerpt from author Cindy Larson: Like many other baby boomers, I suspect, my house is overflowing with boxes of […]