Mu aunt has agreed to store all my grandpa's old photos and documents, if someone else can 'do something with it' first. That someone is me. Where do I start?
I posted previously
about a large box of old photographs and documents I inherited from my grandfather's house. The good news is, we found a relative to store them once 'something's been done' with them. The bad news is, I am the someone who has to make something be 'done' with them and I am am overwhelmed.
I know we want to scan them and make some sort of digital book so we can order multiple copies for everyone. But I don't know how to organize the book because Grandpa was a packrat and kept everything. So we have things like...
- Photographs (lots of these), both loose and in albums
- Copies of lectures and presentations he gave on the subject of stamp collecting
- Art work and report cards from the school days of my mother and aunts
- And also from the era of the grandchildren, myself included
- An organized collection of letters all involving a dispute with his rabbi over a bottle of schnapps
- A hidden compartment in a wall which had several hundred love letters my Grandma wrote him
And on and on it goes :) At first, I thought the best way to do it would be to spend a weekend sorting everything by date and mixing it all up into some kind of digital history. But this would involve picking and choosing amongst the materials and I don't know how to do that. Would it be better to have a 'just photos' album and then a second 'just documents' album too? Do I OCR the love letters to improve readability, even if that means losing Grandma's handwriting? How can I best get all this stuff organized and then present it meaningfully?