The New York Times has part 2 up of the series about preserving your family archives. This part deals with archiving family films and photos.
- 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film- Bertram Lyons states that you should want a viewable print of the the film as well as preserving the original medium. Transferring the film to a new medium is a complex process so you should use reliable vendors, one source for vendors is the Association of Moving image Archivists but he lists more.
- Digital Photo Library Preservation- Back up hard drives with external hard drives and online storage services as additional backup. Also make sure that you have good descriptive data for your images.
- Preserving Slides and Photos- Lyons says that these are robust formats and they only need cool, dark, dry places and non-PVC plastics and acid-free folders and boxes. Inventory your collection and look for vendors who create non-compressed archival Tiff files of 600 ppi.Go to the NY Times for more questions and answers on preserving film and photos.