Organizing your materials is a crucial but often ignored step in preparing your materials for the archive. Skipping this step can lead to a lot of headaches later in the process.
Spending time to organize your materials can help you understand what you have, in depth. Identifying major themes, subjects and trends in your collection is an important part of shaping the story you want to tell, and may not be obvious at first glance.
These insights are invaluable when cataloging your material and composing your metadata.
This section of The Workflow covers Organization.
In addition, Amy Winter at UNM created a handbook for the Manitos Community Memory Project ‘Training the Trainers’ workshop, Augsut 12-14, 2019. The handbook provides a good overview of working with digital images and metadata practices.
The ‘Training the Trainers’ workshop was sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.
If your materials are still in hardcopy form, move on to the Digitization section.