[APG Public List] Labelling photos

Jacqueline Wilson wilssearch at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 16:31:17 MST 2011

I think all of the above is correct!  When dealing with digital material, metadata is extremely important.  But, not identifying the actual document is not the way to go!  I have an entire shopping bag of photos from a distant relative of people I have no knowledge of.  The relative is the widow of my father's fourth cousin (or something like that) and I never met any of her relatives.  

I have so much of my own family to do that I don't know when I will get around to working on her family.  Oh well!

On Feb 28, 2011, at 9:44 AM, PLDunford wrote:

I have a small envelope, from my grandmother’s photos, with the following written in ink, on the outside:
“Lottie Palmer & Nellie Palmer Dunford
Celia Richardson”
In pencil is added “Parks” between the Lottie and Palmer.
The envelope is empty.  I knew who Lottie and Nellie were (my grandmother and great-grandmother), but who was Celia? Lottie’s mother was Cynthia, Cynthia’s mother was Celia (b 1802). I had presumed an error on my grandmother’s part, labeling the photo with the “wrong” generation grandmother, and that the missing photo was Cynthia, not Celia..
Some time back I came across a published family history with a picture captioned: Celia Humphries Richardson.
I realized that one of the orphan photos in my box of old photos was the same woman. Celia had gotten separated from her envelope.  Apparently my cousin was better at keeping photos than I was.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been taught to always identify ANY source material on the material itself, if at all possible. 
So, while I support the scanning – and the metadata (subject to the usual concerns about upgrading the media every so often, so as not to get in the “we don’t have the ability to read that file anymore”), I do think that identifying the photo on the photo is pretty important.
In Tucson
From: apgpubliclist-bounces+pldunford=cox.net at apgen.org [mailto:apgpubliclist-bounces+pldunford=cox.net at apgen.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Baker
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 1:30 PM
To: Jacqueline Wilson
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Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Labelling photos
I have a simpler solution. These days I scan everything and put the information required in the metadata. And no harm is done to the photo. If you are using archival paper sleeves to store the photos in, put that same information on the outside of the sleeve.
Jon Bajer

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM, Jacqueline Wilson <wilssearch at gmail.com> wrote:
Steve, these are what I was referring to, I just could not think of the name.  But having said that - I just read on one of the archival supply sites that these are not to be used on photos.  However, the scrapbooking store http://archiversonline.com sold them to me for just that purpose.  
Are you using them on the back of your photos? 
On Feb 26, 2011, at 10:41 PM, Stephen J Danko wrote:
I have used Pigma Micron Pens for many years:  http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/Pen-Archival
The manufacturer states that the ink in these pens is archival quality ink for use in acid-free environments; chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant; no smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers.  The pens are available in a wide range of ink colors and nib sizes.  The ink is not dye-based ink and is described in great detail at:  http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/pdf/PigmaInkStory.pdf
Stephen J. Danko

Jacqueline Wilson
Evanston, IL

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