Show Notes – The Unofficial Family Archivist with Melissa Mannon

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 20 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Melissa Mannon, author of The Unoffocial Family Archivist.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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You can learn more about Melissa Mannon from her web page. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Her blog page, ArchivesInfo, is a great place to get the latest information on her thoughts and projects.

Melissa also has a group on Facebook called Life in Context. This is an open group so feel free to join if you are interested.

The group description reads as follows:
“This group is an outgrowth of the “Life in Context: Telling Your Story” workshop that is run collaboratively by Sue West of Space4U and Melissa Mannon of ArchivesInfo. “Life in Context” helps people explore the meaning of personal items and provides information about how to use objects as a launching point for telling valuable family and community stories.”


Sue West is the colleague that Melissa Mannon has collaborated with on her Life in Context workshops. Sue is a Certified Organizer Coach and a Certified Professional Organizer who is based in New Hampshire.

ArchivesInfo the publisher of The Unofficial Family Archivist, donated two copies of the book that were given as “door prizes” during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Massachusetts and the other to a listener in California. A big thank you to the ArchivesInfo for  their generosity!


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The Unofficial Family Archivist with Melissa Mannon

The Unnoficial Family Archivist by Melissa Mannon on Fieldstone Common

LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak author Melissa Mannon about preserving your family archives.

The Unofficial Family Archivist advocates for the value, recording and care of your family memories. Are you passing on a well-rounded collection of personal papers, photographs and memorabilia or are you passing on bits that leave more questions than answers? Keep and maintain the good stuff that highlights your life story. Get rid of the clutter.

Within every home is a treasure trove of information. Unfortunately, many irreplaceable documents that help tell individual stories, and the stories of our communities, are deteriorating among our personal belongings.

With that warning in mind, The Unofficial Family Archivist focuses on the care of personal papers, photographs, and memorabilia found in the typical home. Written for individuals who hope to protect family history, this book provides everything an unofficial archivist needs to ensure materials that connect us with our past are available for future generations. Its goal is to help you create and maintain a valuable family and community resource of recorded information about your world from the unique point of view of you and your loved ones.

Author Melissa Mannon is an archivist, cultural heritage consultant and author of the ArchivesInfo blog and newsletter. The Unofficial Family Archivist expands the information from her previous publication, Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation. Melissa’s consulting work, projects and workshops encourage cultural heritage organizations to work collaboratively with local governments, businesses, and individuals who keep records in order to identify archives and plan for their care.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis