Personal Archiving

Not ready to donate yet? Curious about how to sort and store your records at home but don't know where to start? We've got you covered! The resources below are a great starting point for preserving and organizing your personal and family records in the short term.

General Preservation

Caring for Private and Family Collections [Northeast Document Conservation Centre]

Personal Archiving: Managing and Preserving Your Papers and Family History [Bexx Caswell-Olson, Special Collections Conservator, Michigan State University]

How to Preserve Family Archives [National Archives and Records Administration (US)]

Digital Preservation

Personal Digital Archiving [Digital Preservation Coalition]

Personal Digital Archiving: The Basics [Purdue Libraries]

Alternative Formats

The Home Film Preservation Guide [Association of Moving Image Archivists]

Getting Organized

Your Personal Archiving Project: Where Do You Start? [Library of Congress Blog]

A Manual for Small Archives [Archives Association of British Columbia]


Do you have materials that are heavily damaged or in need of repair? Attempting to repair materials at home will often cause more damage than was already present. Something as small as applying scotch tape to hold something together can have permanent consequences. Repairs and treatment should only be handled by a trained conservator.

How to Select a Conservator [Canadian Association of Professional Conservators]

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