Archival Resource Roundup: Memory Projects

Archival Resource Roundup: Memory Projects

The best Web sites, suppliers, books and resources for creating family memory projects.

Web Sites

? American Forests Historic Tree Nursery <www.historictrees.org>: Purchase the Clara Barton Redbud, George Washington Tulip Poplar, Walden Woods Red Maple and other celebrity seeds.

? The Art of Drying and Preserving Flowers and Leaves <www.makestuff.com/gardening/drypreserve.html>. Follow these steps to dry and preserve your growing memories.

? Artifacts and Heirlooms form <www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html>: Download this free form and create an inventory of your keepsakes.

? The Association of Moving Image Archivists <www.arnianet.org>: Find advice on preserving audio and video recordings.

? Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. <www.rareseeds.com>: Order fruit, vegetable, flower and herb seeds — everything from amaranth to wax melon.

? Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell <lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/care/record.html>: This Library of Congress guide to audio preservation details safe handling, storage and cleaning.

? Eastern Native Seed Conservancy <www.enscseedsorg>: This group educates gardeners about medicinal and culinary herbs grown by American Indians and early American immigrants.

? Eastman Kodak <www.kodak.com>: Get the scoop on film history, formats and equipment.

? EZArchive <www.ezarchive.com>: This Web archiving service can help you manage your personal photos, video, film, audio and text files online.

? Film Forever <www.filmforever.org>: Sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists, this site details the dos and don’t s of home film preservation.

?Heirloom Seeds <www.heirloomseeds.com>: Find plants your ancestors cultivated among this site’s 700-plus varieties.

?Littlefilm.org <www.littlefilm.org>; Two film buffs share their love of old movies and tips for keeping your motion-picture memories safe.

?Lost & Found Sound <www.lostandfoundsound.com>: This National Public Radio series chronicles the past century in sound. Listen to the audio archives and send in your own home recordings for inclusion on the site.

?National Film Preservation Foundation <www.filmpreservation.org>: Learn preservation basics from the pros: The NFPF is a Congress-created nonprofit organization that promotes and protects America’s film heritage.

?Pressing Flowers <www.vandycks.com/kids/projects/flowerpressing>: Follow these step-by-step instructions to preserve your heirloom flowers by pressing them.

?Seed Savers Exchange <www.seedsavers.org>: This group saves and sells heirloom varieties brought to North America by our ancestors, as well as traditional varieties grown by American Indian farmers.

?The Sonic Memorial Project <www.sonicmemorial.org>: This audio tribute to the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack victims has more than 1,000 stories, voice-mail messages and other recordings.

?The Tomato Patch <www.heirloomtomatoes.com>: This Heirloom Seeds sister site sells 100-plus varieties of old-time tomato seeds.

?The Victory Seed Co. <www.victoryseeds.com>: Order heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seeds, as well as gardening supplies.

Books

? 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles, 5th edition, by Linda Campbell Franklin (Krause Publications)

? Bloomingdale’s illustrated 1886 Catalog by Bloomingdale Brothers (Dover Publications)

? Boys’ Toys of the Fifties and Sixties and Girls’ Toys of the Fifties and Sixties edited by Thomas W. Holland (Windmill Press)

? Caring for Your Family Treasures: Heritage Preservation by Jane S. Long and Richard W. Long (Harry N. Abrams)

? Dictionary of American Hand Tools: A Pictorial Synopsis compiled by Alvin Sellens (Schiffer)

? The Edible Heirloom Garden by Rosalind Creasy (Periplus Editions)

? Microwaved Pressed Flowers: New Techniques for Brilliant Pressed Flowers by Joanna Sheen (Watson-Guptill)

? Toys A to Z: A Guide and Dictionary for Collectors, Antique Dealers and Enthusiasts by Mark Rich (Krause Publications)

From the May 2004 Preserve Your Family History

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