Archivists and doctors have the same rule: “Do no harm,” but torn documents and damaged photos can be repaired with digital restoration. Scan damaged items and make a note to send out for restoration or to do it yourself. Evaluate broken artifacts such as china, picture frames, or textiles. If you intend to have the item repaired, place all fragments in an archival box or tissue, or wrap in a clean cotton pillowcase. If you don’t plan to repair the damage, decide if you really want to keep the piece. Maybe a photograph would serve as well. Write about the item and why it is special to you or someone in your family.Last week for Treasure Chest Thursday, I wrote about my mother's and grandmother's baby dolls. Mom and I are both concerned about them as they are very old and fragile. She has them displayed on her guest bed right now but wants to have a safe place for them to live long term. I've ordered two archival boxes for them to live in when Mom has company or just needs them to be safely out of the way for a time. It was a bit of a challenge as grandma's baby doll has human hair and as I understand from what I've read, should be stored in an unbuffered box. I sure hope I've got that right! Anyway, the appropriately sized boxes have been ordered and the babies will soon have a comfy new home.
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