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Preserving Our Heritage

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Welcome to Oklahoma Cemeteries section Preserving our Heritage. This section will discuss the basic methods of protecting our family's documents, photos, memories and much more.

Family researchers often get so consumed by document research, sorting photos, etc. that we fail to realize that all of those years searching, charting, climbing "brick walls" could be for nothing if we don't take the time to protect and preserve our work. If we do nothing those old photos, letters, memories and stories will surely leave with us. When we protect these things it allows future generations a starting point to pick up where you left off, they are able to read and gain a sense of who and what the family stood for, the joys and even that they overcame hardships and worked hard for what they had. Seeing our families history builds pride in us that will carry us forward in our daily lives.

The goal here is to bring attention to a subject that we all overlook, to give a basic guide to help get a person started and thinking about preserving and/or protecting.

"We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise."

-Edward Sellner

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This is a basic informative guide to help get started in protecting your family records and other material items that has been passed down.

NO two situations are alike and each project must be handled differently.

When items are in need of repair such a garments, photos, books etc. Please contact a professional for that field which can be found online.

There are many sources available online for further education as well as conferences and lectures.

Never Do's

*Leave staples or paperclips on anything (They will rust)
*Use Tape or Glue
*Write on Photos with ink pens
*Use just any paper for seperating
*Store things in attics or damp basements
*Store boxes on floor
*Store in direct light
*place things close to water lines

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Prepair Your Collection

Recording Yours & Others History

Documents & Paper Clippings

Photos & Movies



Other Collectables

Disaster Readiness


Is it Archival Safe?

What to look for in selecting Archival Storage Products

Always stay clear of any products that have acid in the material. Archival quailty products are free from Acid and Lingnins. These 2 things are already in normal paper products and over time will cause a chemical degradation.

Using Plastics

  1. Archival Polyester-

(melinex & Mylar) will never yellow or become cloudy. Inherent static electricity helps keep items of shifting in the enclosures. For document stoarge you can find envelopes, sleeves, L- sleeves, folders and page protectors and all sheets to line shelving.

  2. Polypropylene-

is a heat resistant and provides a protective barrier against moisture and vapors.. The downside its slightly less clearer than polyester.

  3. Polyethylene-

An econmical material that is flexible and easy to work with. A filmy apperence. Saving money but still protecting.

  4. PVC-

Just say NO and stay clear of anythings thats made with it. Manufactures use pvc in some storage containers as well as photo pages. In order for the PVC to become more flexible, plasticizers have been added. This can ruin you collection in no time. Photo pages will become oily and will yellow not to mention let off gases in the air.

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