Caring for Your Family Treasures

Caring for Your Family TreasuresCaring for Your Family Treasures:  A concise guide to caring for your cherished belongings by Jane Long and Richard Long

How do you care for a photo album that is falling apart and deteriorating?  How do you safely keep family treasures that are on paper?  How do you save videotapes and film?  If you have family heirlooms, when do you find a professional to help repair or preserve a piece?

Few people think to try to preserve family belongings and treasures until it is too late to do so.  This practical guide show how to keep photo albums, clothing, antiques and other family heirlooms safe for future generations.  

This book includes careful and clearly written instructions, information boxes, checklists and pictures to show you how to keep and preserve any manner of things like leather bound books, scrap books, ornaments, silver, instruments, and much much more.  The book will help you identify both organic and inorganic materials, pieces that are sensitive to humidity, and what special care you need.  It also has what tools and materials are best for cleaning, display, and storage.

Sampler"Although there are plenty of guidebooks on preserving museum-quality antiques, this book is unique in that it focuses on the care and handling of precious family heirlooms such as old silver, wedding gowns, scrapbooks, photos, books, and dolls. It was assembled under the guidance of Heritage Preservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving cultural artifacts, sites, natural science specimens, buildings, and works of art. (It has also published the highly regarded Caring for Your Collections and, more recently, Caring for Your Historic House.) In addition to providing solid and easy-to-understand information on object preservation, the book offers advice on where to find archival supplies, genealogical information, and, if need be, a professional conservator. The many color photos show how artifactual damage is caused and in some instances how it can be treated."  Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.  Library Journal.