Preserving your family's history

Additional information is available on our Genealogy and St. Louis and Missouri Information pages.

Preserving your family's history

Conservation/Preservation Information for the General Public
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/bytopic/genpub/
Links to many resources on preservation and proper treatment of antiques and papers, old book collections, photographs, films, and other materials.
How to Save Wet Books
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/savewetbooks/index.html
A series of videos from Heritage Preservation demonstrate how to rescue books wet from floods and other disasters.
Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures
http://www.loc.gov/preserv/familytreasures/
A guide from the Library of Congress which covers topics such as storage, insurance, and what to do after a disaster.
Personal archiving: Preserving your digital memories
http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/you/index.html
Guidelines for preserving digital photographs, audio and video, electronic mail, and other digital materials.
Resources for private and family collections
http://www.nedcc.org/resources/family.php
the Northeast Document Conservation Center offers advice and links to helpful information for preserving family collections.

Preservation tips (from the Webster U. Library blog)

Are your financial records ready for an emergency?
Dealing with water-damaged materials
How long will your digital memories last?
Free your photos from magnetic albums

Donating materials to a repository

If you have materials that you would be interested in donating to the Webster University Archives, please contact the Archives at 314-246-7811 or toll free: 1-800-985-4279 or at the address shown on the Archives home page. You can learn more about the types of materials the Archives accepts on our About the Webster University Archives page. Please note that due to space and staffing limitations, we must restrict the types and quantities of materials we can accept. All donated materials become the property of the Webster University Archives.

The Society of American Archivists has a brochure called A Guide to Donating Your Personal Family Papers to a Repository which you may find helpful. Donors typically sign a deed of gift which is explained in another SAA brochure, A Guide to Deeds of Gift.

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