Managing the Treasure Trove of Photos and Documents

So how have we been doing managing our windfall of photos and documents?  It’s going slowly as one might expect.  We’re stll “triaging.”  Some observations so far:

  • A lot of the photographs had been saved in the worst possible way: glued to scrapbook pages covered with sticky plastic!  These will take some extra work.
  • There is a fair amount of family photography that’s just plain bad! I’m seriously tempted to post the worst here as a warning to all.
  • Not surprisingly, so many photos have unidentified subjects, dates, or locations.  Please, for the sake of your posterity, label your photos.

In the first triage wave, we are working with 24 photo albums with pictures ranging from about 1900 to the 1970’s.   We’ll bring some with us to Scanfest tomorrow.

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3 Responses to “Managing the Treasure Trove of Photos and Documents”

  • Looking forward to seeing both you and the photos tomorrow, Craig!

  • Amy says:

    Those sticky albums are the worst. The last one I did, the pictures were cemented to the pages. I just scanned the page whole, then cropped out each photo. The archivist in me weeps when I think about the sticky albums.

  • A. Spence says:

    I was out of town for the scanfest, but scanned several from my family reunion on Monday.

    I hate the tape that is put on the top of the old photo. I have a couple like that.

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