Your selection for this week should be a group of photos you know just enough about to be able to work with. If you've got some old family photos and you've no idea whose faces are peering out, save them for later. I'm working with some early to mid 20th century photos from Dad's side of the family.
- Examine your pictures to get a feel for this mini collection. Try not to disturb the original order.You might consider photographing the box or pile as you remove the layers. Just a thought.
- Decide how they should be stored, and what materials you will need.
- Work through the box, envelopes or files and
- Re-folder or re-envelope them in archivally safe material.
- Make a note on the outside of the envelope as to the general subject(s) and time frame, if you know. When I'm the one drawing conclusions, I like to put "per MG" and the date for future reference. That piece of knowledge has come in handy on more than one occassion.
- If the envelope or box these items are in has writing/notes that might be clues, consider saving, photographing, or otherwise preserving the information.
- Make dividers for the new box you are putting the pictures in, if that makes sense to you.
- Label the outside of your new box.
- Don't forget to update your inventory with what you did this week or you will be wondering whatever happened to this box/pile of pictures. If you have to stop before you are done, make a note of where you are and what has been done on your inventory sheet. Also, put a copy of your note with the pictures you were working with. Tell yourself enough that you can pick the project back up at a later date.
- Finally, write a short descriptive paragraph for this group of pictures to go with your inventory. Also put a copy in the box of pictures.
I've been working on my project this weekend and am almost done. So check back tomorrow for my post.
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