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How Do I Preserve My Documents, Photographs, and Digital Memories?

Written on: December 21st, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesMaps and SurveysPhotographspreservationResearch Room

Looking for a way to preserve all those holiday photos and videos for future generations to see? On Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will present a program to show how to preserve items such as old photographs, documents, and digitized memories on CDs, DVDs, and flash drives. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to care for and preserve those irreplaceable memories. Presented by the staff of the Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Government Information Center, this preservation workshop will include basic information and instruction on proper handling and storage of family papers, photographs and digital media to ensure long-term preservation.

Archives staff member, Sarah Denison, will be presenting information on the conservation and preservation of paper documents and photographs.  Ms. Denison has processed a number of document collections including Civil War letters in the Small Manuscript Collection, Board of Education photographs, and Sussex County Orphans Court Records. She is currently processing and cataloging the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection which will be available to the public in the spring of 2013. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Denison also serves as the coordinator of the DPA Twitter account.

Concerning digital records, Mike Mahaffie, Deputy Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, will be addressing what is needed to save your digital memories. Highlighting his discussion will be a quick history of ways people have been saving digital records, things to do to determine what is important, what is needed to maintain your digital moments as technology changes, and the various ways available to save what’s important to you based on cost and longevity.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Photo of Sarah Denison and Mike Mahaffie examine some materials

Sarah Denison and Mike Mahaffie examine some of the materials they will be using at the preservation workshop

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Goodbye 2012

Written on: December 21st, 2012 in Research Room

As we get ready for 2013 I sat down today and reflected on all the accomplishments from this past year.  I thought about all the digital information we made available via our website. How our eBooks have helped many learn about Delaware history. I thought about all the people we connected with through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr,  QR codes, YouTube, and our blog. I remembered all the school tours and outreach programs.  And of course I couldn’t help but think about all the patrons we assisted in the research room.  Whether it was helping get copies of documents for legal issues, helping them learn more about a favorite or curious Delaware subject, letting them take a walk down memory lane, or making that connection with their family tree.  It has been a great 2012.  We are looking forward to 2013 and all the exciting things to come!


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