Just in time for National Preservation Month, a reader asked how to manage paperwork related to her genealogy hobby.
Family-history projects generate a large amount of paperwork, some of which is original and needs to be treated carefully. Photocopies of documents can be stored in files or binders; however, if you want photos and old documents to last, they should be kept in materials that are archivally safe.
You might collect other items that need to be protected from aging elements. Before you buy plastic protectors, tissue paper, boxes and other storage containers, look for certification from organizations that certify archival quality. For detailed information on how to safely store your collection, take a look at Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, by Louisa Jaggar and Don Williams, my go-to book for advice on caring for just about anything.
Do you have specific products you like to safely store your hobby or collection?