|National Archives. "The National Achives Building"." Washington, D.C. 03-Jun-2006 05-Jun-2012 |
The Nation’s Archives Include OUR Archives!
The talents and skills of preservation and archives professionals are essential to the purpose of keeping, archiving, and serving records for use by citizens. This is why the NARA has dedicated so much of its resources towards helping us learn more about preservation and conservation.
While the staff of the NARA works to ensure the material health of Federal records in its custody so they remain available for public use as long as possible, they also offer a whole assortment of tools and tips about caring for the types of family archives the average citizen might have in their possession.
Photographs From Eras Gone-By ~ A NARA Speciality
If you are seeking professional advice on caring for photographs, then the National Archives is one of the richest resources available to tap. It offers insight into such topics as;
- How can I safely mount my documents, memorabilia, and photographs into albums or scrapbooks?
- What kind of photo album should I use?
- How should I attach my photos to the album pages?
- Should I remove my photographs from old albums, such as black paper albums or self-stick albums?
- How should I caption my photographic prints; is there a safe way to write on the back of photographs?
- How should I frame and display my photographs?
- How should I store my photographic prints?
- Should I convert my home movies to video tape?
- Should I digitize my photo collection? Is it safe to throw away my original film and prints after I digitize them?
Data From Now & Going Forward
Have it all covered because you have ‘gone digital’ and don’t need to worry about preservation? Think again!
The NARA’s Digital-Imaging and Optical Digital Data Disk Storage Systems: Long-Term Access Strategies looks at ensuring all those bits and bytes will be capable of being retrieved not only now, but on into the future. As trends continue to develop and emerge, the NARA continues to focus upon better understanding the issues and changing trends in digital information technology.
So, whether your looking for expert advice with how to take care of those old photographs or most properly store your digital ones so they will be there for the generations to come, start your visit to the National Archives at http://www.archives.gov.
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