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Old 12-27-2005, 02:09 PM
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"Ask the Archivist" (free monthly eZine)

My name is Sally and I'm a professional archivist based in Wisconsin. I am also a (very) amateur Photoshop user and these forums have been such a help. Thank you!

A little about my background: I have a BA in History and Anthropology, and an MA in Library/Archives. I've been fascinated with photography since I was a young girl with a junky little Instamatic camera. While I help my clients with treasures of all kinds -- it's the photographs that really "call" to me.


I write and publish a free monthly eZine called "Ask the Archivist" which I think would interest some of you. Each issue contains expert archival advice written specifically for the non-archivist.

Topics so far:
  • Salvaging wet photographs
  • Disaster planning and prevention
  • When photos are stuck
  • Mold (you can also read my posting about mold here on RetouchPro)
  • Preserving digital files

Subscribing is super easy on my webpage:

Unfortunately, I don't yet have the archive of articles up on my website. But if any of these topics interests you just drop me a quick email and I'll forward you a copy.

My best to all of you, and thanks for this incredible resource!!


P.S. In January I am sending out a free report on preserving digital files. If you are interested, be sure to check the "Digital Preservation" box in the interest categories when you sign up!
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Old 12-27-2005, 05:19 PM
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So interesting, Sally!
I have now subscribed to the eZine and read just about everything on (and off) the site.

One of my interests is exactly in watching the future unfold. I am a regular reader at Ray Kurzweil's site . Even if the "positive feedback increases order exponentially" theory and the ensuing "Singularity" may seem too far-fetched for most - it's increasingly difficult to deny that there's some (a lot of) truth there.

The idea that it's easier for a thousand-year-old manuscript to survive another thousand years than for your CD see out this decade rings so very true.

Thank you.

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Old 01-01-2006, 08:51 AM
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Future Historians

Have you ever read "A Canticle for Leibovitz" by Walter Miller? Here's the summary from

Walter M. Miller's acclaimed SF classic A Canticle for Leibowitz opens with the accidental excavation of a holy artifact: a creased, brittle memo scrawled by the hand of the blessed Saint Leibowitz, that reads: "Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma." To the Brothers of Saint Leibowitz, this sacred shopping list penned by an obscure, 20th-century engineer is a symbol of hope from the distant past, from before the Simplification, the fiery atomic holocaust that plunged the earth into darkness and ignorance. --Paul Hughes
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