I work with people and groups to organize their records and papers

I tailor a plan to fit their goals after talking with people about their needs and surveying the material. The plan can include one or more of these action steps:

  • Retrieve material from various locations so the full extent of the collection can be evaluated
  • Survey and evaluate the material
  • Process the collection (keeping whatever order exists among the documents, creating order where there is none, removing duplicate materials and things that can be found easily elsewhere)
  • Stabilize fragile items
  • Rehouse the material in acid-free folders and boxes
  • Create a storage plan either with the individual/organization or with a professional archive
  • Develop an inventory, guide or index to the collection
  • Design a plan for ongoing records or document management

Why it's important to preserve your history


  • Facilitates the assembly of anniversary and promotional brochures and videos
  • Helps tell the story of a community and its people
  • Provides material for researchers, film makers, journalists and others
  • Records institutional policies and procedures that outlives the memories of individuals


  • Provides insight into political, cultural and economic issues at the individual level
  • Enables usage by researchers, film makers, journalists and others
  • Transmits information to future generations, either within the family or outside of it
  • Promotes awareness of familial patterns

Individuals and organizations I've worked with:

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