All of us have family treasures, those photographs, letters and other documents that tell the stories of our families. Preserving these materials is our job!
Improper storage can cause irreparable damage. Heat, humidity, and light are the worst enemies of anything on paper, but other culprits might be such things as the use of inexpensive photo albums like the “magnetic” self-adhesive albums that so many of us used in the last 20-30 years.
How many of us have boxes of unidentified photographs – old photos of folks who look like our family, but nothing is written on the back to tell us for certain who they are? Don’t pass your photographs on to the next generation without identifying those folks !
Preserving, identifying, and storing these materials does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are many simple steps everyone can take to ensure the survival of these items for future generations. Join the Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library as we demonstrate examples of deterioration caused by improperly stored materials, and share simple ways to preserve your important family photographs and documents.
We’ll be at the Akron Mini Maker Faire Saturday, October 18 from 11 am to 4 pm to show how you can preserve your family treasures for future generations. Be sure to visit us on the third floor of Main Library.
In the meantime, check out these sites for lots of great information about preserving your family treasures:
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/preservation/family/
National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives/
Images provided by the Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.