How can I best preserve several boxes of family photos, letters, and documents?
June 17, 2010 7:29 AM Subscribe
I have a large amount of family letters, photos, and documents dating from the late 1800s to the 2000s, with most ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some are in fair condition, and I'd like preserve them for future generations. Most are in English, but there's a smattering of Hebrew and French, neither of which I can read. My questions inside.
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1. Is there a good service I can use that will digitize these fragile items?
2. Once digitized, where can I store the images so that others can see them, browse through them in an organized way, and ensure they remain digitally available for a long time to come?
3. How can I ensure that images of envelopes and letters remain together if scanned separately?
4. Is it worth transcribing the text of letters and, if so, what's the best service to use?
5. What's a good service for translating documents in Hebrew or French?
6. Outside of family, would these be of interest to anyone, such as a museum or university? In particular, is there an organization that studies Jewish immigrants that might be interested?
7. Where are some other places I can ask questions like these?
8. What other advice would you have for this project?