[Watch] A Legacy of Love – Getting Started

Letters of Love

https://vimeo.com/946624707/0fcb79fc4f In this clip from our webinar, A Legacy of Love: Digitized Letters Bridge Generations, guest Rosemary Cassie explains the emotional core this collection of letters holds for her family, especially after her mother passed away in early 2020. Making sure the letters were available to the family and using them to maintain connection were two […]

ROT and Prioritizing Materials for Digitization

books covered in cobwebs

By Digital Archivist Alyssa Voss When planning to digitize a collection, it’s important to suppress the urge to jump right in and scan everything. Not all items are created equal; some may be more fragile or rare, while others may have greater historical or cultural significance. Prioritizing the materials in your collection can help you […]

Anderson Archival Joins Digital Stewardship Association

NDSA logo

By Farica Chang, Managing Principal Anderson Archival continues our focus on digital preservation by becoming a member of the prestigious National Digital Stewardship Association (NDSA) in March 2024. This move marks a pivotal moment for us as we now join other esteemed members of the association to actively engage in shaping the future of digital […]

The Dow Foundation Archives: Cultivating Historical Context

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By Digitization Team Lead Andrea Glazer Archivists are often eager to illustrate the one-of-a-kind perspective their collection presents. Artifacts like postcards, candid photos, and personal correspondence offer a way to tell previously untold stories about our origins. However, historical archives not only provide a peek into the past, but they also offer new context around […]

[Watch] Preserving Family Legacy Through Digitization

Protecting Family Legacy Webinar

https://vimeo.com/923408840?share=copy In this portion of our latest webinar, Protecting Family Legacy Through Digitization: A Conversation, Director of Operations Hadley Grow talks with Anderson Archival client Kelly Donovan about how her collection came to be digitized.  If video isn’t for you, the transcript for this portion of the talk is below. To view the full webinar and […]

What Is Metadata?

Card catalog

By Digital Archivist Mary Eggleston In our data-driven society, metadata has become a frequently used term, but do you know what it actually is? The process of weeding out the differences between data and metadata can be confusing. Bruce Schneier explains it best in his book Data and Goliath, “Data is content, and metadata is […]

Finding Harmony in the Past

Betty at Golden Gate Bridge

By Junior Digital Archivist Alyssa Voss Imagine discovering boxes of your loved one’s manuscripts and documents you never knew about until after they passed. Going through a late loved one’s belongings can be a daunting and emotional task. It stirs up memories and feelings long forgotten. Finding items you never knew about, like boxes filled […]

Reduce, Reuse, ReFADGI: Updates to FADGI Standards for 2023

color graphs and checking tool

By Archives Technician Shana Scott Every industry has its own “language” or commonly understood terminology and shorthand to expedite communication. If you’ve ever overheard a business call in the airport or watched baristas signal to each other to help one another when service gets hectic, then you’ve probably seen this in action. The archival community […]

Crashing Through the Surface

What is a surface

By Junior Digital Archivist Alyssa Voss At Anderson Archival, the term surface has a slightly different meaning than it does in most industries. The word surface is typically defined as “the outer layer of something.” While that remains true, in the archival community, it also refers specifically to the number of surfaces requiring a scan […]

Why Outsource? Digitizing In-House vs. Outsourcing

Struggling to digitize your collection in house?

By Team Lead Andrea Glazer It can be tempting to see the photocopier in the corner of your office and imagine digitizing your collection over time, if only to avoid the costs associated with finding a vendor to handle it. However, in-house digitization is rarely that simple. Digital preservation is no longer the future of […]