I was just perusing through the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and happened to see an article written by Grace. A. Horner. We have this newsletter on the 2nd floor of our library on the magazine shelves. Grace provided a summary of a recent May 2014 program held by the society. The program was titled “Preserving Your Family Treasures”. It was presented by Rena Schergren. Rena is noted as the current Archivist for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.
Grace did a very good job of summarizing the program. Her summary contained quite a few links to a variety of organizations and resources that can be helpful to you in preserving family treasures.
I would direct you to the above noted newsletter so you can read the full summary of the program on this important topic of preservation.
I would also like to provide you with the links that were included in the summary to direct you to resources of note to help in your own preservation actions of materials in your possession.
Here are the links:
- For preservation of 8mm and 16 mm film, photos, slides, tapes and audio media consider Memory Keepers in Naperville, IL at www.memorykeepersonline.com.
- For Archival suppliers consider Gaylord at www.gaylord.com and Hollinger Metal Edge at www.hollingermetaledge.com. Also consider Archival Methods at www.archivalmethods.com.
- Institutions offering preservation guidance are the National Archives at www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives and Library of Congress at www.loc.gov/preservation/family.
- If you are looking for a conservator consider CoOL-Conservation OnLine at http://cool.conservation-us.org/
I still recommend taking a look at the full written summary in the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter that you will find on the 2nd floor magazine shelves.
But short of that I at least wanted to be able to direct you to the links that Grace included in her summary.
Preserve your materials for now and into the far distant future.
Schaumburg Township District Library