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By Mary V. Danielsen of Documented Legacy
Oversized or large documents and photos pose a unique scanning challenge for family archivists looking to have them digitized. They dont easily fit into a standard folder and quite often there isnt an easy way to scan these images. Still, its important to protect these items as part of your family history archive. Whether you have a large collection of oversized documents or a single letter, you have more options today for how to preserve these awkward items.
This week, try to tackle a few of these rotund artifacts. The first step is remembering their importance and historic value in your family. If these are old images or fragile documents, you cant safely run them through an all-in-one scanner. Lets consider your other options using equipment and software you may already have.
Before you begin, wash your hands and wear protective archival cotton gloves. You dont want oils on your hands or random ink to get on your artifacts. Work in a clean space with good air flow. Lint, dust and mold are common problems when working with old stored items. Keep food and drinks away from where you are working. Slowly lay out these artifacts on a clean and dry surface.