- Make a minimal inventory, at least of the number of boxes or items that you have. The more description you do the better (more information on description can be found here).
- Organize things by type of item, put photographs with photographs and newspapers with other newspapers. This is particularly important for paper, as one type of paper can damage another. With media, this will help save space, as items organized by size are more efficient.
- Storage-When you are storing things in boxes, make sure that everything fits as tightly as possible without ripping or tearing. The paper and photographs will provide support for each other and prevent bending or curling.
- Apply for grants! Here are some great resources for grants for this type of work.
- Reach out to local archives, libraries and special collections to see if they are interested in what you have collected. If you are interested in donating your collection eventually, it is best to start that conversation early. If you don’t want to donate, the archivists can certainly give you some advice or guidance on your materials.