How to preserve old documents.
November 26, 2007 7:35 PM Subscribe
What should I do with old family documents?
posted by thivaia to writing & language (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently came into a significant amount of old family papers--letters, titles, indentures, poems, essays, journals, assorted detritus, newspapers, broadsheets, magazines and military commissions--dating from just before the Revolutionary War to just after WWI. The family resided for the better part of three centuries in Virginia and Tennessee--but the a lot of the letters are from elsewhere. No one else in the family seems to want them, but I'm inclined to hold on to them--at least as long as it takes to transcribe some of them. At the same time, I'm a little scared of damaging some of the papers. I don't have a sophisticated file system and a lot of letters are already worse for wear.
So, my question is two fold:
(1) What's the best way for me to take care of these papers while they are in my possession?
(2) If I choose to pass them on, where should I send them?
I have no celebrities in my family tree, but there were a few governors and legislators back in the day.