Storage and preservation of family archives

With the ever-growing interest in personal history, more families are accumulating important documents, ephemera and objects related to their past. But what can they do to store and preserve their collection for future generations? The answer depends on the type of media (letters, photographs, textile or trinkets) and on funds available to purchase necessary conservation aides.   

Jennifer K. Nieves, archivist and museum registrar of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, will offer guidance in her talk titled “Storage & Preservation of Family Archival Photos, Documents, and Heirlooms: How to Do It Yourself at Home,” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., in the Porter room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. 

Ms. Nieves joined the Dittrick Museum as registrar and assistant archivist in 1989, after graduating with a master’s degree in Museum Studies and Archival Administration from Wright State University, where she specialized in textile preservation. In 1998, Jennifer was appointed archivist for the Center, while retaining her responsibilities as museum registrar. Her main interest is in the history of the Lakeside Unit, a Cleveland-based medical unit mobilized as the U.S. entered World War I. Jennifer is currently working with a collection of diaries, photographs and glass lantern slides donated to the Dittrick Museum, by family members of those who served with the Unit.

Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library, invites the public to attend at no cost. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7 p.m. For additional information, email

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:11 AM, 09.07.2016