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Preserving Photos, Documents & Heirlooms

Learn how to preserve and/or restore old photos, papers, albums, and scrapbooks including tips, techniques, resources, societies, and supplies. Fun ideas and projects for preserving your family history for generations.
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Tips for Salvaging Flood Damaged Photos, Papers and Books
Flood or water damaged photos, papers and other family valuables can often be saved by following these few, simple steps.

How to Make a Family History CD
Preserve your family heritage for future generations with this guide to creating a multimedia family history CD, including linked family trees, photos, video, and sound.

How to Properly Store Old Photographs
Learn to make old photographs last for generations through proper storage with expert advice from Antiques Guide Pamela Wiggins.

Caring for Your Photographs
The care, handling, and storage of photographs from the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions.

A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository
Thinking about donating your genealogy research to a library or other repository? Explore your options with this comprehensive guide to making such a donation including what to preserve, tax deductions, restrictions, copyright law and conditional gifts. From the Society of American Archivists

Preservation FAQs
Great advice from the one of the experts on preservation, The Library of Congress.

Preserving Family Albums
George Eastman House presents a wonderful history of old album types complete with a video, plus tips for preserving albums and knowing when to replace them.

Preserving Personal Papers and Photographs
Presents guidelines for archival disasters - how to prevent them, and how to cope when it does happen, from the Arizona State Archives.

Taking Care
The Museum Conservation Institute of the Smithsonian offers a number of online brochures offering guidance and advice on preserving a variety of objects and materials, from paper and photos to antiques and textiles.

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