The Archivist in a Backpack project, made possible through a generous $1,000 grant from Friends of the Georgetown Public Library, is patterned after the successful project launched in 2018 at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
The library offers two types of kits for check out. The oral history kit features a digital sound recorder which will enable families to capture the stories of their loved ones in their own voices.
The digital archiving kit features a portable flatbed scanner of sufficient quality and size for digitizing such items as family photos and small pieces of memorabilia. Both type kits come supplied with miscellaneous archiving supplies such as archival sleeves, pens and gloves.
Thank you to Friends of the Georgetown Public Library for making these kits possible through one of two inaugural Eric Lashley Trailblazer Awards presented in October 2021.
Find more resources for conducting and storing oral histories as well as troubleshooting equipment in the kit!
Library of Congress Personal Archiving Resources: includes blogs, PDF handouts, videos and workshops.
National Archives Family Archives Preservation Resources: includes short descriptions on how to handle and care for papers, photographs, and other materials.