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Monday, October 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Homer was an award winning photographer. He owned and operated Zion Photo in Cedar City for nearly 40 years. He later donated his collection of photographs and negatives to the Sherratt Library Special Collections. We have some of his photographs digitized and online. They can be found on the Library's website at the following link. Homer Jones Photograph Collection
Homer married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Belle Macfarlane and together they enjoyed 73 years of married life until her passing in 2003. Homer was a friend to everyone. When he turned 85 he volunteered to deliver meals on wheels to the "old people" which he did faithfully for several years. Homer loved to travel, see new places and meet new people, but in all of his travels he never found anywhere he liked quite as well as Cedar City, Utah.
We'll miss you Homer Swapp Jones.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Your family heritage and personal collections are precious to you and to future generations and it’s important to preserve these mementos in the best way possible.
The most important thing you can do to safe guard your treasures is to store them in a stable, cool, and dry environment. Overly dry conditions cause leather to crack and damp conditions cause mold. Try not to place any family treasures in direct sunlight as it can cause fading. Good housekeeping is also important. You should dust objects and keep storage areas clean. This will help prevent insect infestations.
The following are some tips for handling your treasures.
· Shelve upright supported by book ends if needed.
· Store large volumes flat.
· Store paper items flat, rather than folding and unfolding.
· Paper materials may be store in acid-free file folders.
· House photos in protective enclosures to keep out gritty dirt and dust which can scratch images.
· Store all prints and negatives in acid-free boxes. If possible, keep negative separate from print materials.
· Avoid albums constructed of highly colored pages. Never use commercially available “magnetic” or “no stick” albums. These materials will deteriorate quickly over time and could damage photographs.
Proper care, handling and storage of your treasures will help to ensure that they are available for generations to come.
For more information on “Preparing, Protecting, and Preserving” your family treasures visit the following website: http://www.loc.gov/preservation/family/
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The romance we associate with Valentine's Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14. During the Middle Ages, lovers recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day.
Handmade valentines, probably the first greeting cards, appeared in the sixteenth century. Mass production of cards began as early as 1800. Initially hand-tinted by factory workers, by the early twentieth century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine.
And called it a Valentine
And sent it a-way with its hidden freight
From this fluttering heart of mine
Monday, December 12, 2011
As an archivist I get to hold history in my hands. I'm primarily responsible for maintaining and preserving records of individuals, groups and institutions. I think the most appealing aspect of the profession is the ability to safeguard that which has survived throughout the generations. As an archivist, I help ensure that history lives and thrives!
As the year winds to a close, I'm grateful for the history of this past year and look forward to the New Year with great anticipation.
Special Collections and University Archives are taking a break and we will be closed beginning December 19th through December 2nd. I will be checking my email so if you need to get in touch with me....leave a message on my answering machine or email me.
Have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!