Preserving Our Local History

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

  • Personal Papers

  • 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.