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Before You Digitize: what to consider & what originals can tell us

Overwhelmed by photos from the past? Underwhelmed by lack of details about your family photos? Thinking of just tossing that family album of unknowns? Or farming them all out to be digitized once and for all? In one generation we’ve gone from cherishing our few...

War and family history: the long reach of PTSD

My grandfather helped win the war, became a US citizen, and had a large healthy family. But the granular details around these successes rather undo them. 

Louder than words: special needs kids & family history

A college bestie and I had babies the same year. We had always wanted to be groovy hippie mamas together!  You probably already know that I am NOT the chill earth mother I had imagined. When my kid came 16 weeks early, I had already shifted into overdrive, with a...

Structural Racism in Archives

Structural racism in American history – a series of actions over 300 years – has resulted in a lack of minority stories in the archives. We can change that!

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