Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Release

Today, I am pleased to announce the publication of my second archives book. It is aimed at individuals who wish to care for the personal papers in their homes. The Unofficial Family Archivist is a guide to help the non-archivist create, maintain and preserve personal papers, photographs and memorabilia. It will help people with an interest in caring for their family history and heirloom items to manage their documentation and historical resources in a thoughtful way.

My first archives management book, Cultural Heritage Collaborators, focused on how my colleagues could create a foundation for successful collaboration. I am pleased that John Fleckner at the Smithsonian and Ryan Lewis of the Illinois Humanities Council among others found value in it. I am especially honored that it was commended by the Auslib Sense of Place conference this past spring and that I was asked to attend the conference to speak about it. 

The two books can be used by communities in tandem to help individuals and cultural heritage professionals work together to promote and secure local history. The two books are particularly valuable for institutions such as historical societies that seek to make stronger community connections.

For more information, please see the recent ArchivesInfo Press press release. The new book is currently available through Createspace, but soon will be available through wider distribution channels.

From the author's collection
[One of my favorite things about the book, which I haven't had the opportunity to share in press releases, is the beautiful images it incorporates. I've included a few in this post]
Courtesy of the Waltham Public Library


  1. Love the concept and will be looking for your book!

  2. Congratulations and best wishes with your 2nd book. Unfortunately, I don't have any old original photos, but if I did, I'd buy your book. I love the photos you've shared with us.

  3. Thank you Pam and Barbara. The book discuss letters and records as well as photos. It talks about the need to care for documentation you are creating today to keep for the next generation. I even give you ideas about how you can leave a little of your history behind for others. Besides writing, gathering records and photos, you can make a quilt or do an oral history.... So, perhaps there is something in there for you too Barbara! :)