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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: FILING
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:07:35 +0100
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Interesting Kay. I'm particularly interested in the prices of those boxes
the LMA sell - do they sell photo and document protectors too? I've
recently bought acid free boxes and a lot of archival quality acid free
protectors in various shapes and sizes for my pictures and important
documents. I spent quite some time shopping around as I needed such a lot
and the stock of many of the specialist suppliers is hugely expensive. I got
what I thought was the best deal on protectors from a company called Arrow
File. The conservation department at the ERO advised me that AF's materials
were of the museum quality that AF claimed them to be too, which was great
as they seemed the least expensive of the companies specialising in this
stuff. I didn't even consider the LMA, but will check them out next time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jay Kay" <>
> Having spoken to Conservators and Photgraphic Technicians at the London
> Metropolitan Archives (where the storage problems put mine into the
> miniscule category), I know the value of hard copy. Any modern form of
> storage becomes outdated quite quickly, how long ago did one see 5 inch
> discs for example? Their advice is store hard copy originals of
> in archival quality containers, having made a working copy to use
> daily/weekly or whatever. Never wander around with the "master" copy,
> at home or at the research place.
> LMS sells a series of boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes made from
> archival quality card, which could be used for most documents/ books etc.
> not sure if other Archive departments have similar services. They also do
> occasional "how to keep your documents safe" talks which are worth
> if you can. There's certainly been a couple of talks at the SoG in recent
> For what it's worth, I have some scanned images onto the computer (some
> because I'm in the middle of doing it!), an A4 ring binder with the
> certificates - this is about to be superceded by a larger box/ring folder
> I need more space. And ring binders containing print outs of relevant
> research data to the main branches of the family. I recently did a weeding
> job - how many old copies of the IGI do you still have? despite the fact
> always now look at the LDS site on the web? Ditch the copies - you've
> extracted all the necessary information anyway - haven't you!?!?
> I use a word processing program for census returns and notes, and a family
> history program for most everything else. And I back up, back up, back up
> often as possible.
> Black laser printer copies last longer than colour/black inkjet - I don't
> know why. Photocopy quality paper is satisfactory for long life too, I
> know why that is either!
> One final process I'm working on is a database which contains a reference
> and description of every original document/item I possess, together with a
> note of where it is stored. This is a huge job, and I only started it
> recently, following advice from the Conservators. I do believe it's
> worthwhile, but wish I'd known about it at the beginning, then the task
> wouldn't seem sooooooooooo huge!
> On 6/15/06, Colleen <> wrote:
>> How do you stop yourself keeping the hard copies too? This is my problem,
>> I have to keep my hard copies. Don't ask why, there's no rational
>> for it!
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Peter_Holly" <>
>> > I actually use a scanner to scan any hard copies (census's etc) and
>> > burn
>> everything onto a DVD.
>> > Regards
>> > Holly
>> > Sydney, Australia
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