By David L. Mishkin,
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for Organizing Your Family Photos|
ORGANIZING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS - OLD
One of the easiest methods for organizing your original family photographs is
to group them by size. This can be done by purchasing archival plastic
sheets that have pockets in them. These come in many different sizes to
accommodate almost any popular size original even if they were mounted on a
If you would prefer to organize them by date, you would need several extra
pocket sleeves because each decade of photographs had various sizes that were
popular at certain times. Therefore you may have one page containing one
or two 5x7 photographs from the 1880's (for example) and another page
containing one or two 8x10's from the 1890's. Other options are to use
archival photo albums with archival pages and using archival corner mounts.
This would enable you to display several photographs of various sizes on a
single page, but the albums are usually quite expensive because of the high
quality materials used. If you have any copy negatives, these same pages
also come in sizes that can store various size negatives. Never store
the negatives with the prints. One of the best places to store your
negatives or originals is in a safe deposit box in a local bank. The
temperature, humidity and darkness are just ideal for preservation
ORGANIZING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS - NEW
Most family photographs taken today are in color. Most people are not
aware that color photographs (especially those that are displayed) will not
last more than 50 years. Keeping that in mind, one of the best ways to
organize the photos you take today is to store them in archival pocket sleeves
as in the older photographs above. Most photographs that you get today
are either 3 ½ x 5" or 4x6" Both sizes are available in the plastic
pocket sleeves. Many manufacturers of these sleeves also have areas on
each sheet where you can record the event, people and places photographed.
Do this for future generations so they wont have the same problems you are
Once again, these same manufacturers also make archival sleeving for the
negatives. These can be organized into three ring binders and each book could
cover a time period......individual.....event or location (such as a
vacation). Once again, keep the negatives separate from the photographs.
You can also organize the negatives the same way especially since each sheet
of plastic usually holds one roll of film.
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