Preservation Week: April 22 to 28

The American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Library of Congress and other organizations have started the Preservation Week initiative to

raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.*

Are you a genealogist?  Do you have family photos, diaries, old books, or other collectibles and memorabilia?  Here are a few resources to help you take care of those items and organize your research.

Organizing Family Papers

Conducting an Oral History Interview

How to care for Books 

How to care for Photographs

How to care for Textiles, Quilts, and Clothing

Caring for Paper and Works of Art on Paper [Drawings, Watercolors, etc.]

*From SAA Preservation Week website.

New Research Resource

One of the most common research questions in the D’Youville Archives is searching for a relative that was associated with the College.  The Archives welcomes genealogists and has several available resources, including yearbooks, photographs, and graduate and faculty lists.

For genealogists that want to expand their research, federal and state records can be extraordinarily useful.  In a new initiative, the New York State Archives has partnered with to provide free service for some New York State records.  These include New York marriages (1600-1784); Civil War muster roll abstracts for New York (1861-1900), US Census mortality schedules for New York (1850-1880), and New York Census of inmates in almshouses and poorhouses (1830-1920).

More information and a link to York can be found herePlease note: For free access to New York records, start your search then click on your results. You will be prompted to “Create a Free Account.” Do not click on the “Subscribe” button or the “14-day Free Trial Offer” unless you are interested in access to all of Ancestry (a fee-based service).