Preserving documents, photos and digital memories March 15 at public archives

March 3, 2014

The Delaware Public Archives will show how to preserve items such as old photographs, documents and digitized memories on CDs, DVDs, and flash drives at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15. This preservation workshop will be presented by the staff of the Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Government Information Center, and 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 present information on the conservation and preservation of paper documents and photographs. Denison has processed a number of collections including Civil War letters in the Small Manuscript Collection, board of education photographs, Sussex County Orphans Court Records, and the Caley Postcard Collection. She has most recently completed the processing and cataloguing of the Vietnam Mailbag Collection.

Concerning digital records, Mike Mahaffie, deputy director GIC, will address what is needed to save 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 digital moments as technology changes, and the various ways available to save what’s important based on cost and longevity.

The workshop is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, go to, contact Tom Summers 302-744-5047 or email


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