The next step in my project is to prepare artifacts for my Georgenie Sedgwick “movie”. I’ve already identified the items I have, and created a “to do” list for next steps (see Organizing for a Family History Project). According to the archivists at the Library of Congress (see Personal Archiving), part of this process is to take preservation steps if needed, for example, scan documents or photographs that are disintegrating, or place fragile items in acid free envelopes or boxes. I plan to digitize a lot of photos, and scan letters and magazine articles.
Following are some of the activities that I’ve identified for the Georgenie Agusta Sedgwick project, some of which require preservation:
- Artifacts – some need to be photographed
- Blue-green beaded purse & calling card
- Green and white sweater
- Crocheted washcloths
- Georgenie at 20 (framed)
- Georgenie’s mom, Ann Walker Francis (framed)
- Find photo of Georgenie’s dad?
- Photos of houses in Rialto, Pomona, and Chino
- Death/funeral announcement
- Photographs – many need to be digitized
- Photos in black photo albums (some are fading)
- Photos of Georgenie and Will around marriage
- Photos digitized when working on the Grandma Nina video
- Interview with Grandma Nina in 1984
- Transcribe the audio tape (add markers to the MP3 version)
- Extract stories about Great Grandma Georgenie
- Stretch – find the two photo albums used in the interview
- Letters, Journals, and Lore
- Review Grandma Nina’s letters for stories of Georgenie
- Review MQ’s journals for stories of Georgenie
- Collect stories about Georgenie from family (Dad, Mom, and CJ)
It’s a daunting list, but somehow seems more achievable when I see the tasks spelled out.