Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Preserving family heirlooms

Directions to find a stable environment and protect photos from light under a picture of a boy with an animal
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Public libraries are occasionally confused with archives.  The first serves today's public, their needs and some wants.  An archive preserves artifacts of history with a specific topical, regional, or chronological focus.  You can be your family's archives.  April saw the American Library Association's Preservation Week, which collected a variety of programs (recorded for you to catch up on now or later) and resources to answer your questions on how best to ensure today's objects are available for future generations of your family.  These are some basic tips (check out the Preservation Week webpage for details).

Preserving Your Treasures
Quick Preservation Tips
Here are a variety of simple, practical actions to preserve your personal and family collections:
•          Handle with a clean, gentle touch
Protect your treasures from dust, dirt, oil, food, and other hazards by handling items carefully, with clean hands.
•          Store safely in stable conditions
Protect your treasures from light, harsh temperatures, and humidity.   Learn what storage options are right for your collections.
•          Foresee and avoid risks
Assess storage and display surroundings for potential problems like water, pests, mold, and breakage.  Relocate your treasures or take other measures (for example, put items in protective containers) to reduce risks.
•          Make a copy
Copy treasures like photographs, newspapers, and letters when possible and appropriate. Store the original safely and use the copy.  Digital copies allow treasures to be easily shared, but remember digital items need preservation, too.
•          Ask a professional
Seek professional advice before trying at-home repairs or cleaning treasures yourself.
•          Visit a museum or archives
Consult an archivist for great resources and additional tips on how to preserve your treasures.
•          Pass it on!
Share your treasures with your family and community. Your heritage is their heritage

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