Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Precious Family Images

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Genealogists and non-genealogists alike love old photographs and many people have photo collections of their ancestors. Preserving Your Family Photographs shows them how to organize and store these photos so that future generations can also enjoy them. Readers will learn how to care for family photos, identify different types of damage, learn basic conservation techniques, buy the proper storage materials, then organize the family photo archive and safely display it for all to see. Maureen Taylor is the author of...
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Cincinnati 2001 Paper New 1558705791. 246 pp., index. The author shows you how to organize and store the most cherished images of your ancestors so that future generations can ... enjoy them as well. You will learn how to care for family photographs, identify different types of damage, use basic conservation techniques, buy proper storage materials, then organize your family photo archive and safely display it for all to see. Read more Show Less

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Genealogists and non-genealogists alike love old photographs and many people have photo collections of their ancestors. Preserving Your Family Photographs shows them how to organize and store these photos so that future generations can also enjoy them. Readers will learn how to care for family photos, identify different types of damage, learn basic conservation techniques, buy the proper storage materials, then organize the family photo archive and safely display it for all to see. Maureen Taylor is the author of Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs. She is a regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine and is a former picture research coordinator and photo curator. She is a frequent lecturer at genealogical conferences and workshops across the country on the subject of photograph identification, organization and preservation. She lives in Westwood, Massachusetts.
* Photo preservation and display techniques appeal to both genealogist and non-genealogist alike
* The book provides instruction through the use of beautiful sample photos
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558705791
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Preserving Our Past for the Future 1
1 Stories Worth Saving 5
Retaining the Original Order
Photo Identification Techniques
Adding to Your Collection
A Family Collection Through the Generations
Sentimental vs. Market Value
Checklist: Getting Ready
2 The Preservation Facts 18
Damage to Photographs
Should You Clean Your Pictures?
Storage Considerations
Take Care of Your New Images
Mailing Photographs
Choosing a Storage Facility
Copying Methods
Scanning the Images
Printing Digital Images
Digital Information Online
Know the Law Before You Copy
Checklist: The Preservation Facts
3 Cased Images: Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Tintypes 41
Daguerreotypes
Handling Suggestions
Ambrotypes
Tintypes
Telling Them Apart
Cases
Frequently Asked Question
Checklist: Cased Images
4 Photographic Prints and Negatives 54
The Nineteenth Century
Identifying the Process
Card Photographs
Candid Photographic Prints
Paper Supports
Surface Treatments
Resin-Coated (RC) Papers
Photographic Albums
Negatives
Film-Based Negatives
Checklist: Photographic Prints and Negatives
5 Color 79
Background
Deterioration
Instant Color
General Suggestions for Color Prints and Negatives
Film and Glass Slides
Movie Film
Hiring a Professional Photographer
Frequently Asked Questions
Checklist: Color
6 The Digital Age: The New Family Album 92
Digital Photography History
Computer Files
Photo CDs
Online Photo Community
Photo Suppliers
Preservation Issues
Family Pages and Extended Family Sites
Designing a Family Home Page
Privacy Issues in the New Family Album
Frequently Asked Questions
Checklist: The Digital Age
7 Professional Help: Conservation and Restoration 107
Why You Need a Professional
What Can a Conservator Accomplish?
Disaster Preparedness
Water Damage
What to Save in Case of Disaster
Restoration
Airbrush Restoration
Digital Restorations
Paper Print
Becoming a Professional
Checklist: Professional Help
8 Ways of Organizing (Keep It Simple) 133
Ways to Organize
Finding the Time
To-Do List
Indexing Systems
Sample Inventory of the Smith Family Collection
Photo Software and Databases
Organizing Slides
Museum Registration Methods
Chronological Methods
Hiring a Professional Organizer
Becoming a Photo Curator
Special Consideration: Organizing Before You Donate
Checklist: Organizing
9 Safe Scrapbooking 148
Albums
Rubber Stamping
Sheet Protectors
Stickers
Family Memorabilia
Lamination vs. Encapsulation
Artifacts
Creating the Scrapbook
Digital Scrapbooks
Consult the Experts
Supplies for a Safe Scrapbook
Rules for Safe Scrapbooking
Checklist: Safe Scrapbooking
10 Three Family Collections 158
The Taylor Family Collection
The Betlock/Virnig Collection
The Emison Family Collection
The Next Step
Checklist: Points to Remember
11 Having Fun With Your Family Photographs 174
Using Your Photographs in a Family History
Displaying Family Photographs
Family Reunion Activities
Creating a Better Family Photo Collection
Checklist: Having Fun With Your Family Photographs
Appendix A Glossary 183
Appendix B Sources of Family Photographs 187
Appendix C Timeline of Events 196
Appendix D Important Addresses 199
Conservators
Magazines
Societies and Organizations
Suppliers
Software
Appendix E Copying and Restoration Services 209
Archival Storage Facilities
Cellulose Nitrate Storage
Appendix F Conference Lectures--Repeat Performance 211
Appendix G Web Sites of Interest 213
Appendix H Professional Study Programs 215
Accredited Degree Programs in Library Science
Degree Programs in Archival Training
Digital Photography and Restoration
Bibliography 234
Index 243
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