November 2011 Family Archivist
8/2/2011
Learn how to preserve and transcribe old family diaries.

Ask the Archivist: Saving Family Diaries
Got precious family diaries? Heed these tips on taking care of your ancestors' most trusted confidants from M. Scott Simkins, head conservator at the Family History Library.

Q. What's so special about family diaries?
A. When you're immersed in them, it's easy to envision who your relatives were and to feel your heritage. After you read for a while, you find there are certain ways they phrase things. The handwriting, the papers and the little things they may tuck in are really cool to see and act as a sort of time machine.