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Burien, WA Art Museum Receives Grant for Storage of Threatened Collections

by Tony Gonzalez September 7, 2010 10:52 AM
The curator for the exhibits at Highline Historical Society, in Burien, Washington, has been worried about some of the collections. More than 100,000 documents, photos, negatives, and films were in danger of deteriorating if they were not stored properly. Fortunately, the museum has now received a $3000 grant from 4Culture to provide materials to protect the archived historical items. Museums face the same problem that individuals storing documents and photos do -- if historical items are not protected by acid-free storage materials, they can become stained and prematurely aged by the acid in wood products such as paper and cardboard. [More]

Fresno Downsizer Gives Away $200 Million in Ansel Adams Negatives for $45

by John Stevens July 27, 2010 7:56 PM
You never know what you will find in a garage, attic, basement, or self storage unit -- or at a garage sale or yard sale. If you find old photographs, artwork, or antiques, maybe you should store them in a secure storage unit until you are sure that they are not a lost treasure. A Fresno, California resident sold two boxes of Ansel Adams’ negatives at a garage sale in 2000, their buyer confirmed today. Rick Norsigian, an antique aficionado, was hoping to find a vintage barber’s chair, but when he saw the two boxes of antique glass negatives, he started bargaining. Norsigian managed to negotiate the price of the antique negatives down from $75 to $45. Then he began the process of finding an antique appraiser to verify his opinion as to what, exactly, he had found. The value of the antique collection is actually around $200 million. Ansel Adams is regarded as the father of American photography. [More]

Spring Cleaning Gives Way to Summer Organizing

by Winnie Hsiu July 9, 2010 11:01 PM
Whatever happened to spring cleaning? Many families never had time to do spring cleaning, and home organization and housekeeping have been suffering ever since. During the summer months when children are out of school, the sense of structure imposed by the school day can sometimes cause a family’s routines, including house cleaning and decluttering routines, to devolve into clutter and chaos. In newspapers all over America, professional organizers are offering their advice on everything from spring cleaning tips, getting rid of clutter, closet organization and closet organizers, organizing everything from children’s schedules to basements, and how to decide what to keep, what to throw out or recycle, who might be able to reuse certain items, and what should be safely stowed in a secure self storage unit or other secure location. Most of all, they are offering tips on time management -- how to make time to declutter, clean, and organize. [More]
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