Do you have a favorite photo that hung in your grandmother’s house and now resides with you? Or maybe you have an old piece of furniture you found at an estate sale that needs a little TLC? Please find information to help you care for your personal papers, photos, and treasured belongings below.
Quick Preservation Tips
Taking the first step is the most important part of preserving your personal records. It’s more important to start the process than it is to do the process perfectly. Remember these factors when preserving your documents and photos – temperature, relative humidity, light, pests, mold, risk of water leaks and floods, and handling.
- Remove your keepsakes from the attic or basement to avoid extremes in temperature and relative humidity
- Minimize handling. If you must, handle with care, fully supporting items with clean hands
- Protect items from dust, light, and handling with acid-free boxes, folders, or polyester sleeves (no PVC plastic)
- Lack of labels is the greatest risk to our treasures. Identify people, places, and dates in detail with pencil. Don’t just say “Mom at the beach” but write Mom’s full name and the date she was at the specific beach.
- Ask for help. There are resources in the library.
Helpful Resources for use in the library* or for check out
*Titles designated with REF prior to the call number. Those titles can be found in the Reference Section on the second floor of CPCL; all other titles are available for checkout from the Adult Nonfiction Section also located on the second floor.
025.7 LAV Book Repair: A How-To-Do-It Manual Kenneth Lavender
REF 025.7 SHE Cleaning, Repairing, and Caring for Books: A Practical Manual Robert L. Shep
025.8 ROS The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New: A Simple Repair Manual for Book Lovers Margot Rosenberg and Bern Marcowitz
REF 025.8 TUT An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs Craig A. Tuttle
REF 025.84 PRE Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
684.1 MAR Furniture Restoration: Step-by-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results Ina Brosseau Marx & Allen Marx
745.1 ANT The Antiques Clinic: A Guide to Damage, Care, and Restoration James Fielden, et al.
745.1 MIL Care & Repair of Antiques & Collectibles: A Step-by-Step Guide Judith Miller
745.1 MIL Care & Repair of Everyday Treasures: A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning and Restoring your Antiques and Collectibles Judith Miller
REF 745.1 SAV The Art and Antique Restorers’ Handbook: A Dictionary of Materials and Processes Used in the Restoration & Preservation of All Kinds of Works of Art George Savage
REF 745.1028 JAC The Antiques Care & Repair Handbook Albert Jackson and David Day
745.593 FAM Family Tree Page Ideas for Scrapbookers: 125 Ways to create a Scrapbook Legacy
747 NYL Fabrics and Wallpapers for Historic Buildings Janes C. Nylander and Richard C. Nylander
749.1 BUC The Illustrated Handbook of Furniture Restoration George Buchanan
771 CTE Digital Restoration from Start to Finish: How to Repair Old and Damaged Photographs Ctein
Helpful Preservation Websites