I have a batch a old family photos and documents from the 1920's to the early eighties. The photos are a motley bunch of odd sizes from 2inx1.5in to 5inx7in. Some are studio shots with very typical poses of the times. My current task is to document them and make them available to all my siblings.
I have no experience doing this and just have a vague idea of what I want to do. Broadly, my initial task is to make sense of them first. So I will need to consolidate them from all the sources comprising various types of albums, envelopes, odd pieces here and there and etc. Then to catalogue and label,identifying who's who, where's where and date them, (tough,tough and tough).
Then comes the scanning and retouching which I plan to do over a few months with a stack per day. I also plan to choose the good and significant ones and have them digitally printed in albums.
The questions I have, which I hope, brothers and sisters out there, who have experience in photo archiving can help me with are :
a) How do I keep the photos in good condition? I heard there are good archival quality clear poly bags (eg www.clearbags.com) but I have not seen any available locally. It's quite costly to ship them in. I'm trying to find local sources first.
b) What other archival accessories do I need? Acid-free boxes? Any local sources?
c) What's the best way of cataloguing such photos, or is there really a best way? Can someone share his/her experience?
d) What's the "best" resolution for scanning?
e) How do I keep and preserve old documents? Some are quite fragile and I'm trying to learn the best way of handling them.
For software, I'm using CS3 with Nik Color Efex 3.0 for color and contrast correction of the old photos. I use Lightroom for organising the digital photos.
Would appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks!