8 Sep 2010
Sometimes in my Wisdom Wednesday archival tips, I feel as though I’m lecturing on what NOT to do. So today for a change of pace, let’s talk about paper and a positive step that’s easy to do.
The next time you need to buy a ream of paper for your genealogical research, give serious consideration to the permanence of the records you’re creating and then reach for acid-free – or even better – 100 percent cotton paper.
But first let’s take a brief walk through paper history. If you’ve had the chance to see papers that were made before the 19th century, you may be pleasantly surprised by how well they’ve lasted. From medieval times til the mid-eighteenth century, paper was made with flax or cotton and sized with gelatine, all relatively stable ingredients.
In 1774, Carl Wilhelm Scheele (is that name in anyone’s family tree?) discovered chlorine, making […]