Preservation Week April 21-27, 2013

Libraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history.  Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.

Why is preservation important?  Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan such as natural disasters, and 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost. If billions of items are at risk at our heritage institutions, than plausibly trillions of items held by the general public are at risk.

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

We've compiled some resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to when disaster strikes. There's also an activity guide filled with fun projects to get the whole family involved.

“Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.” — Mary Pickford

Movie Poster: A Christmas Story

The excitement of national football; the first black star of an American feature-length film; the visionary battle between man and machine; and an...

U.S. Navy battleship USS Nevada (BB-36) beached and burning at 0925 hrs on 7 Dec

To past generation, December 7, 1941,  is a day that will live in infamy, as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told radio audiences. ...

One hundred years ago, an event took place that changed the shape of American popular culture.

Mack Sennett, an actor and director with the...

Screenshot: Huntley and Brinkley Report

In 1968, Vietnam War protesters chanted, "The whole world is watching," outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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Two young people using a camera phone

If your digital photos are hard for you to find how will future generations be able to access them?

Follow these simple...

Kodachrome transparency

1. Keep slides in their carousels or boxes to keep out dust and light, and to prevent scratching.

2. Label the...

Brides Romance comic cover

Comic books have many preservation needs in common with books and photos, but were traditionally printed on low-grade newsprint pulp paper and can...

Ken Burns

“We’re so excited to be here at ALA and share with our peeps the most important work we’ve done,” said Ken Burns when I...

LP on turntable

Sound recordings in the format of grooved discs came into being in the late 19th century, but it was not until the late 1940s that vinyl Long...