The Alchemy of Archives
Family photographs, Uncle Bill's World War II letters, Great Grandmother's scrapbook, the patents held by family business, a reel-to-reel audio tape for which we no longer have the recorder, or a six inch floppy disk we can't access... No matter how old or recent, these archival materials have value to families because of the stories and insights they represent. On May 11th Isabelle Dervaux and Linda Edgerly will talk about the archives-related services they provide to the families and individuals who are their clients. A Q&A will follow the presentations.
Photo Organizer & Visual Storyteller
After moving from the East Coast to the West Coast during my career as an illustrator, I got tired of dragging beat-up boxes of wedding photos, family photos, and children’s artwork from one home to the next. I’d always wanted to organize the family history buried in those boxes, but years passed. Finally, I did—and it opened a window to something amazing. The process and the outcome changed everything. I finally felt content—not only with my albums and slideshows, but because of the feeling of accomplishment and completion it brought me. Now I bring this feeling of delight to others.
Founding Director & Senior Consultant, The Winthrop Group, Inc., Information & Archival Services
My profession and career often intersect with strong personal interests in history, business, philanthropy, politics, and visual and performing arts. Combined with new technologies, these elements have enabled me to help build a firm and work with and advise more than 200 corporations, families, non-profit organizations, artists, celebrities, and politicians. It truly is a privilege to share with clients the insights, knowledge, and intellectual rewards provided by the rich array of archival resources on which our society relies.