Five Ways to Preserve Your Family History Collection

By Sarah Norris, Conservator

April 23 – 29, 2017 is the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, a time for celebrating and promoting the preservation of cultural materials. For Preservation Week 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers our top five tips for taking care of your personal family history collection.

  1. Get organized!

The first step in preservation is to know what you have. Organize papers, photos, and books in a logical, consistent manner.  Some possible organizing principles are: by person; by location; by date; or by topic.  Label photos by gently writing all known information on the back in pencil.  As you work, consider how your organization methods might impact a future family member who shares your curiosity about the past.

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