preservation

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 […]

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 […]

. 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 […]

. 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 […]

Do you have ticket stubs, programs, licenses or calling cards in your family history collection? Of course you do. Well, it doesn’t matter if they were forgotten in the pages of a book or carefully pasted into a scrapbook…they’re all paper ephemera. What the heck is ephemera? The Society of American Archivists’ glossary defines ephemera […]

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 […]

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 […]