The Unofficial Family Archivist:
A Guide for Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia

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Footnote Links

The Unofficial Family Archivist references interesting online sources to inform you about archives and to help you care for your family's personal papers. Below is a list of links to sources found in the book to give you easy access to information. Sources appear in this list in the order they appear in the book. (This list currently does not include references in the bibliography that are not found earlier in the book.)

Chapter One - Your Story

Life in Context Workshop by Melissa Mannon and Sue West

Diane Whitney, Am I Jewish?, Washington Post, August 30, 2010.

Melissa Mannon, Archives and Community, ArchivesInfo newsletter, Sept. 27, 2010.

Melissa Mannon, The Citizen Archivist, Bedford Bulletin, July 1, 2010

Chapter 2 - Identifying Archives

Melissa Mannon, Why Value Archives? ArchivesInfo newsletter, 2010.

The Federalist Papers from the e-text archives of Project Gutenberg and the Library of Congress

Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project

New York State Archives' Appraisal of Historical Records

Sue West, The Tales and the Evidence, Organizing for the Next Chapter of Your Life- working through emotional issues to save the objects and stories that are most important to you.

Recordkeeping Guide: How Long Should You Retain Your Records?"

Paper Management: Organizing and Preserving Important Document and Items

Melissa Mannon, A Collection and Its Donor, ArchivesInfo newsletter, December 2009.

Chapter 3 - Organizing Archives

Carlisle Indian School Archive, ca. 1910," Antiques Roadshow, aired May 23, 2011.

Paper Tiger

IRS Publication 552: Record Keeping for Individuals

Chapter 4 - Describing Information

Society of American Archivists

Chapter 5 - Preserving Personal Papers

The American Institute for Conservation, Washington, D.C.

Regional Alliance for Preservation

International Organization for Standardization

American Society for Testing and Materials

American National Standards Institute

Photographic Activity Test

Conservation Resources"

Gaylord Brothers

Hollinger Metal Edge


University Products

Wilhelm Imaging Research

John Van Bogart, Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives, National Media Laboratory, June 1995,

Essential Records for Families: What You Need to Know before You Evacuate, Georgia State Archives

The Fungal Kingdom: Diverse and Essential Roles in Earth's Ecosystem, American Academy of Microbiology June 2008

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water-Damaged Collections, Library of Congress Preservation

Chapter 6 - Ideas for Recording Unrecorded History

Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack, Write Your Own Food Biography: My Life in Ten Dishes,

Skittlesplace - Barb openly writes about her life struggles.

Diary of a Girl Abroad

My Coney Island Memories

Mind Mapping


Oral History Techniques: How to Organize and Conduct Oral History Interviews, The Center for the Study of History and Memory at Indiana University, Bloomington

UNESCO Heritage Lists 2010

Linda Norris, How Do You Put People in the Picture of Local History? 2 Smart Ideas, The Uncataloged Museum, November, 2010

Chapter 7 - Electronic Information

Image File Format Standards: TIFF, JPEG, and PDF. Different Formats for Different Jobs, AIIM, January/February 2006

Erica Swallow, 7 Ways to Handle Digital Life After Death, Mashable.

Greeting Cards and eCards in the United States 2010, Research and Markets, February 2010.


Flickr Commons


Chapter 8 - Planning for the Future

Melissa Mannon, Don't Know (Or Care) Much about History, ArchivesInfo blog, October 2010.

A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository, The Society of American Archivists.

Selected Letters of Rebecca West in The New York Times Book Review

Rebecca West Papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archive. University of Tulsa.

Rebecca West Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Karen E. Brown and Beth Lindblom Patkus, Collections Security: Planning and Prevention for Libraries and Archives, Northeast Document Conservation Center Preservation.

Joan Venocchi, Release RFK's Records, Boston Globe, Jan. 30, 2011,

IRS Publication 561 - regarding donations of property; specifically, the section on "Qualified Appraisal: Excluded Individuals,"

David Walden, Stretching the Dollar: Monetary Appraisal of Manuscripts, Archivaria, Number 11 (Winter 1980-81)

The Appraisers Association of America

The American Society of Appraisers

Collections Mentioned in Book

Library of Congress - fifty years of Coca-Cola advertisements

Coca-Cola company Heritage

Blowing the Pixie Dust off Disney's Archives

Hershey Community Archives

Timex Museum

Asphalt Museum

Kimchi Museum

Museum of Bad Art

Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Katharine Sergeant White Papers

Elizabeth Lawrence Papers

Waltham Public Library

Maya Angelou Collection

MacKaye Family Collection - Shirley Historical Society

Harvard Theater Collection

Rauner Special Collections Dartmouth College Library

Elizabeth Robbins Berry Collection

Elenita Chickering Collection

My Coney Island Memories

American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

Salman Rushdie Archives