Keeping Chronicles

Keeping Chronicles

Preserving History Through Written Memorabilia

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Keeping Chronicles explores the importance of preserving written memorabilia - be it old diaries, letters, sketchbooks, legal papers, and even old cookery or school books.

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Keeping Chronicles explores the importance of preserving written memorabilia - be it old diaries, letters, sketchbooks, legal papers, and even old cookery or school books.


Keeping Chronicles explores the importance of preserving written memorabilia - be it old diaries, letters, sketchbooks, legal papers, and even old cookery or school books. All too often these items are discarded as of little worth when there is not much storage space available. However, these are a fantastic resource. They bring ancestors to life and contribute to family and local as well as national history.

Rosemary Sassoon uses material from family, friends and colleagues around the world to illustrate the many personal and professional uses of written chronicles. The book provides practical advice on what to keep, how to care for it and how to deposit materials that have a wider relevance in museums, record offices or libraries.

All in all, this is a highly illustrated, readable, testimony to the importance of keeping chronicles and it should be a must for all who are interested in learning about and preserving their family records.



Publisher: London : A. & C. Black, 2010
ISBN: 9781408129005
1408129000
Branch Call Number: 929.1 Sa79k
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. ; 26 cm

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The author is on a mission to encourage the preservation of written memorabilia – some would call ephemera. Records found around the home can be a treasure trove to those first starting their family history research journey so be sure that you have digged deep and ask relatives what memorabilia they may have in their cupboards.
Curiously scattered with many Australian examples from this UK publication it illustrates and describes the following categories: diaries, letters, postcards and even envelopes, memoirs, travel records, business and legal records, day books, commonplace books and albums, professional or personal scrapbooks, schoolbooks, reports etc., cookery books and household lists. It concludes with professional advice regarding the importance of preservation with tips from archivists and museum professionals. It also includes an article on how to decipher handwriting and references to the following websites for further advice
Northeast Document Conservation Centre (USA) www.nedcc.org
ICON – The Institute of Conservation (GB) - www.icon.org.uk
Preservation Advisory Centre (National Preservation Office) GB www.bl.uk/npo

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