The Library of Congress – our mother ship – has some new “how to” information on preserving family photographs, especially digital ones. They advise setting up a system from the point of downloading your photos from your camera, and also focus on backing up your files. Because they are dependent on technology to make them accessible, updating your technology as well as your photos, papers, music and videos is just as critical. The Library of Congress has produced some good basic videos on “Why Digital Preservation is Important For You;” click here to view.
Both the Library of Congress and our Washington State Library have information on preserving and storing old photographic prints, snapshots, home movies, and other treasures (books, maps, textiles, etc.): see here .
And the Burlington Public Library has the classic photograph conservation book Collection, use, and care of historical photographs by Robert Weinstein; you can find it on our shelves at 770.28 WEINSTEIN.