Adventures in Archiving

Preserving… and, no, we don’t mean pickles or jam! Old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, parish bulletins, meeting minutes, school yearbooks, religious objects, vestments, VHS, cassette tapes. 

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By Renae Bennett, Archivist

Preserving… and, no, we don’t mean pickles or jam! Old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, parish bulletins, meeting minutes, school yearbooks, religious objects, vestments, VHS, cassette tapes. These and many more historical gems are housed in the archives collection. Care is needed to treat them as the treasured material they are, preserving and conserving each item for posterity.  Common challenges are: rusty staples, rusty paperclips,  old cellophane tape, petrified rubber bands, torn pages,  fragile (or  fra-gee-lay for fellow “A Christmas Story” fans!) and deteriorating paper.    While laborious to remove those staples and paperclips it’s a necessary and important task.  We use acid free paper, files folders and boxes and other pH neutral material to store materials. And yes, we use white gloves when needed! TLC is part of the archives world and well worth the effort and time it takes to preserve our Diocesan history.

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