Records produced by individuals and organizations in the course of their daily activities have significant historic value. They provide clues to understanding our past. Documentary records which are important to preserve include:
Journals, Diaries and Letters
Photographs, Negatives, Films and Sound Recordings
Maps and Architectural Drawings
Minute Books and Business Records
Newsletters and Publications
Scrapbooks and Family Histories
Save Historic Materials for Future Generations: handle them carefully; try not to fingerprint photographs; preserve the context and record dates, people and events as far as possible; store large documents flat; limit exposure to light and heat; isolate highly acidic materials such as newspaper; and consider reformatting films and tapes. For more helpful tips regarding the handling, organizing, and storing of your historic materials, check out the Caring for your Family Records information sheet.