29 April 2011

Preservation Week Poster

As genealogists and family historians we almost invariably create mini-archives and become archivists of family treasures.  These treasures might be documents, objects (e.g. clothing, tools, medals, etc), media (e.g. photos, audiocassettes, movie film, digital formats, etc) and much more.

This past week (24-30 April 2011) has been Preservation Week and maybe an archive or library or repository near you did some special programs related to the conservation of our ancestors treasures.

As part of this celebration the Society of American Archivists and the National Archives created a poster with some helpful tips about preservation.  Please do share this information with anyone you know who by being a genealogist, family historian or through some other role has in essence become an archivist!

Do you have any special tips and tricks for how you preserve items in your archive?  If so, please do post a comment and share!

I have a lovely 1875 silk wedding shawl that currently sits in my safe because I really don’t know what to do with it and I want to be able to pass it down through my family or eventually donate it somewhere for display.  I bet everyone of you has something similar that you or someone else is the “keeper” of … and you may or may not know how to best PRESERVE it for future generations.  Maybe we can all help one anther make sure these treasures survive.

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