Ethnic Heritage Council
Spring 2021

The University of Washington Libraries and the Ethnic Heritage Council have partnered to create We Are History Keepers! – an ongoing series of workshops on archiving the cultural and historical records of ethnic communities and families in the Pacific Northwest. The free, day-long workshops will be hosted virtually this spring.

January 30 – What to Throw Away and What to Keep
Start the new year with a bit of organizing! Join us for a session on evaluating your collections and determining what to preserve. We will provide some guiding questions and strategies to help you manage your papers, photos, digital files, books, and other historical materials.

February 27 – Managing and Preserving Digital Files
Okay, so you know what to do with your physical collections, but what about digital files? Instructors will go over the unique challenges of preserving digital materials, including the importance of moving your files off of external storage media, like CD-ROMs and floppy disks, where to store them, and the best file formats to use for long-term preservation.
March 27 – Caring for and Digitizing Legacy Audio-Visual Materials
Learn tips and strategies for the preservation of audiovisual collections such as cassette tapes and home movies. Topics will include advice for storage and playback and methods/issues to consider when digitizing materials (or working with born digital media).
April 17 – Conducting Family History Research Using Archives & Special Collections
Discover resources that local libraries, historic organizations and museums hold that can give context and perspectives on your community’s history. Find out what local newspapers, photograph collections, census records, and even academic sources can bring to your history.
May 22 – Records Management for Organizations
This session will cover the basics of managing and preserving your organization’s records. Topics include what types of materials to save, how to appraise records, how and where to store records, and preservation of digital files. Learn about ongoing records management programs, cost considerations, and project management models. We will also talk about supplies that will help you get started.
For more information on the Ethnic Heritage Council, click here.