Want to know what it's like when we do a VIP Program together? Read on!
Before we work together -- in person in your home -- we'll talk through your story and set some priorities to make sure we preserve what is most important to you.
I'll send you four archival boxes and 100 file folders of top archival quality in advance.
Just gather your stuff (above).
Then I'll come along to your house for two 6-hour work days with my personal archivist kit of gloves and mending tape and other supplies to help us make processing the collection easy.
We will sort, perhaps mend (see the small tear along the fold line in that Eastern European passport below on the right?), file, and catalogue your collection.
In the process, you'll learn more about your ancestors. You'll feel closer to them and stronger in your story (that same passport has Grandpa's photo and signature as a young man; it is also stamped with each of the countries that this gentleman passed through on his way to America).
Bring it all -- even Great Grandpa's overstuffed cigar box full of pictures shifting around and scratching each other (below). We will un-stuff that cigar box and make everything safe so it can last another 100 years.
When we are finished, you'll have a personal archive: nicely packaged papers in labeled boxes and folders, with a written catalogue.
That written catalogue is called a finding aid, and it is meant to guide you both in retrieving items from your personal archive, and also in placing new papers or newspaper articles in your archive in a place that has already been determined.
If you pass your archive along to a family member or a public repository like a historical society, library, or research archive.... you and they will know exactly what is included in your gift.
If you would like to chat about working together to save your papers, I'd love to talk! Just book a time for your free call with me here: bit.ly/freecalltodd
Save your story.