State Archives Webinar on Protecting Family Photos and Records Now Available

The North Carolina State Archives' YouTube channel now offers a series of online tutorials on how to preserve your family documents and photographs and how to protect them from weather damage and normal deterioration.
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RALEIGH, N.C. - June 19, 2014 - PRLog -- RALEIGH, N.C. -- A class 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour is headed in your direction. What family papers and photographs will you grab as you rush out the door? What's the best way to store old letters and family diaries to protect them from weather disasters and normal deterioration?

The State Archives of North Carolina can help you discover how to protect your photos and records.

The State Archives' YouTube channel ( offers a series of online tutorials that provide information on the care and preservation of family treasures. "The Care and Handling of Family Papers" tutorials were developed in conjunction with the State Historical Records Advisory Board, funded by a grant from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission.

“Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records” provides an overview of how to identify what family records and papers are crucial to collect and protect in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. “General Paper Preservation Tips” describes how paper deteriorates and the steps you can take to extend the life of family papers in your care. “Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers” is a step-by-step guide on how to organize, care for and share family papers.

“The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs” provides an overview about the care and handling of family photographs, what to do and not do in properly caring for your photographs, and when to consult a conservator for those photographs that are badly damaged. “Managing and Preserving Digital Images” emphasizes the importance of good management and record-keeping when managing digital photographs, suggestions for easy access to your digital photographs and tips for retaining most digital data.

For information, please call (919) 807-7326. The State Archives is part of the Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the State Archives of North Carolina:

The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. For more information about the State Archives, visit

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources:

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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