It’s Preservation Week #preswk -- Are you celebrating?
In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that
institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete. U.S.
The real question is whether you are preserving? Almost 40% of collections are held by individuals, families, and communities. That’s you!
If you are responsible for maintaining your families archive, check out Saving Your Stuff – a real quick look at a few easy things you can do to help protect your personal or family archive.
There is also a webinar archive on various preservation topics.
Is your local library, archive, or repository sponsoring events to celebrate preservation?
What are you doing to preserve invaluable family documents, heirlooms and more!
Just search the internet on preservation and you will find a plethora of resources to assist you in preserving your family heritage for future generations!
Editor’s Note: Past posts on this topic include Let's celebrate Preservation Week -- We all benefit! (2015),
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