Historic Family Papers and Photos: Store Them Right or Consider Donating Them
One of the genealogy forums I belong to recently talked about storing family papers. Someone stressed that you should not keep family papers in office-quality plastic sleeves. The ink will transfer to the plastic. In addition, the cheap plastic sleeves are not ph-balanced and will cause the paper to deteriorate faster.
You’ll need to spend a little bit more for archival quality plastic sleeves, but it’s worth it in the long run.
I was curious about other methods for storing family papers and photos, so I did a little searching on the ‘net:
Links for Storing Your Family Papers and Photos
Who knows better how to archive family papers and photos better than the U.S. National Archives?
Here’s a helpful article from The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies on preserving family papers:
This link has a list of companies that supply archival material, as well as additional links of interest:
Donating Your Family Papers
You can also donate your family papers to a repository (such as an archive, historical society, or special collections library). This article discussed the benefits of doing so:
From my online search, it looks like many states have their own archival group. To find one for your state or country, google this:
State/County donate historic family papers site:.org
...where “state/country” is the name of your state or country. The “site: .org” will only return results from non-profit groups – those most likely to store and preserve historic documents.
I hope this has been helpful!