Family photos are the entry point into family history for many people. Keeping them safe is so important! I sat down and talked with Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, for her tips on how to preserve family photos.
Note: if the video doesn’t play in the post, you can view it on YouTube.
How to Preserve Family Photos – Highlights:
- Keep your photos out of the elements, so that they don’t curl, fade, or crack.
- Use photos sleeves the same size as the photo.
- Look for archival plastic, marked as PAT. Mylar and polyester are also safe.
- 100% rag paper can also be used as a photo sleeve.
- Why a soft pencil and a light touch are all you need to label photos.
- The best way to display a photo is to not display it. (Watch for Denise’s safe way to do it.)
- Why you may or may not want to take a photo out of the holder from the photography studio – and how you can keep the photo safe in either case.
- Denise Levenick’s blog TheFamilyCurator.com
- Denise’s book How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally (published by Family Tree Books, 2015). Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, as well as through other book dealers.
- PAT approved plastic photo sleeves, mylar sleeves, or Melinex sleeves, available in numerous onlline archival supply companies as well as some office supply stores.
- 100% rag paper, available in many office supply stores.
(Note: the links to Denise’s book are Amazon affiliate links, meaning that Amazon pays me a little bit when someone purchases through those.)