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Archival Consulting Services

Are you a club, organization or association that has questions about maintaining your records? Ask us!
  • Does your business, church, club, volunteer organization, or professional association collect and maintain records?
  • Are all of the records stored in one location?
  • Does the group maintain an inventory of the records?
  • Can items be found when needed for anniversaries and events?
  • Have you determined what should be kept for the archives?

If you need help to answer these questions, the Ohio History Connection’s experienced archivists can provide information and advice.

Levels of Service

  1. Contact us by telephone or e-mail with basic questions.
  2. Receive a packet via e-mail or U.S. mail with general guidelines for what to keep and how to organize your records; sources of archival supplies; and sample inventory forms.
  3. Arrange an on-site visit for our staff to examine your archives and provide specific suggestions for arrangement and storage of the materials. A written report of recommendations will be provided. Contact us for a price quote. Fees will be determined based on travel time and the amount of material you have for us to review.
  4. Contract with Ohio History Connection staff to inventory and rehouse your archival materials. Contact us for a price quote. Fees will be determined based on travel time and the amount of supplies needed.

For information about digitizing your collections; contributing to the Ohio Memory digital repository; or contract digitization services contact Digital Collections & Services.

Family Archival Kit

If you're interested in storing your family collection our Family Archival Kit is a great start for preserving your family history. The kit includes an assortment of archival products that the Ohio History Connection’s Collections staff uses to store documents, slides, and small paper objects in the archives. The kits take the guesswork out of selecting and purchasing archival filing materials. Lisa Wood, Curator for Visual Resources at the Society, says, “We selected the materials for the kit based on what we use everyday. These kits are ideal for both the serious family archivists as well as individuals who want to preserve a few treasured mementos.”

The kits contain high quality archival products that are appropriate for long-term storage of treasured family or historical mementos. A kit includes an archival storage box, white cotton gloves, letter size folders, 35mm slide sleeves to hold up to 100 slides, envelopes, polyester sleeves, acid free paper, and tips on how to use these materials and handle documents safely. All paper products in the kit are acid free, and the plastic sleeves are stable polyester that will not deteriorate or damage items over time. The kit is $37.50 and is currently available in the museum store at the Ohio History Center.

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