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Collecting and Managing Your Personal and Family Records: Objects

Rare and Distinctive Collections


Classroom: Norlin N345

Reading Room: Norlin M350B

Image credit: George W. Nace papers, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries' Archives

Box, padded with cutout styrofoam, contains a military medal, a pair of round eyeglasses, and a small decorative cigarette case

From graduation hats to wedding dresses, baby blankets to baby teeth, baseball gloves to bowling trophies– some of our strongest connections to the past come from using and handling tools, furniture, and diverse keepsakes from our ancestors and younger selves. 

See the resources below for detailed guides from museum and conservation professionals on storing and preserving the diverse objects. 

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