You’ve found or inherited old letters. Congratulations! You have a real family treasure. Now you need to learn how to preserve those old letters. I recently spoke with Denise Levenick, the Family Curator, for her tips on preservation.
(First step: Don’t burn them.)
How to Preserve Old Letters – Highlights:
- Putting all of the letters in chronological order might not be the best solution.
- Keep paper happy. (Hint: don’t put it in the attic.)
- Plastic bins are not good for storing old letters.
- Take notes while you’re organizing. (Sticky notes are fine on the folders, but not on the letters!)
- Keep everything from one envelope together.
- Using sheet protectors and 3-ring binders isn’t the best way to preserve them. (Learn Denise’s trick for keeping paper straight and not slumping.)
- Denise Levenick’s blog TheFamilyCurator.com
- Denise’s book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia, and Genealogy Records (published by Family Tree Books, 2012). Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, as well as through other book dealers
- Hollinger preservation boxes, available at various online retailers, including Hollinger Metal Edge
(Note: the links to Denise’s book are Amazon affiliate links, meaning that Amazon pays me a little bit when someone purchases through those.)