Archive Storage

Have you ever inherited a box of old photos or documents only to find yourself overwhelmed by the task of sorting and organizing, or wondering how to store them without damaging the delicate materials? From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, the Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W Gurley St, Prescott, will host its first-ever Archives Workshop focused on teaching participants archival techniques to care for and preserve their own family archives.

Workshop attendees will spend a morning learning to identify, arrange, and organize their files for future family use. Later on, in the preservation segment, they will practice safe handling techniques for items that are fragile with age, and learn archival standards for storage and maintenance. Each participant will take home a starter kit of archival supplies to jump-start their home archive process, a news release stated.

The museum’s head librarian-archivist Brenda Taylor conceived and developed the workshop.

“It’s a great opportunity for people who have a lot of family memorabilia like photos or documents,” Taylor said in the release. “There are certain methods archivists use that anyone can learn to keep their items organized and in good condition to pass down to other family members.”

Lunch is included in the program. Attendees will enjoy a staff-led tour of the Research Center after lunch. Registration is $45 per person for Museum members and $65 per person for non-members.

The Sharlot Hall Museum, located two blocks west of Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza, is one of Arizona’s premier history museums. Its four-acre campus tells Arizona’s story through exhibits, gardens, and historic buildings, including the 1864 Territorial Governor’s Mansion. Events and programs include the annual Prescott Indian Art Market, Sharlot’s Cellar and monthly Living History Adventure days.

Register online, at, or by phone, at (928) 445-3122 ext. 0.

Information provided by Sharlot Hall museum.

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