Family album digitized at 600 DPI

Archival collections should be cataloged and preserved for future generations to enjoy. Our methodology includes acquisition, description, research, exhibition, and preservation utilizing a formal nomenclature. We implement the standards set by the Society of American Archivists such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Conservation is our priority when organizing and arranging collections. We can inventory and prioritize your collections. Our digitization procedures ensure accessibility for the future. Our lexicon is based on A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology by Richard Pearce-Moses. We manage archives according to best practices established by SSA and the Society of California Archivists . We maintain active membership and maintain our training by attending conferences, viewing webinars, and attending workshops.

We utilize software to standardize this process. Some of the systems we have installed and managed are PastPerfect, Omeka, and ArchivesSpace. Our fees include hands-on training with these systems. Chisme Chick evaluates your current and ongoing needs when recommending a system. We can help you create finding aids and submit your collections to online databases such as the Online Archive of California. Our metadata will help future researchers locate your archive and find unique materials. Having worked with small to mid-sized organizations, we provide consultation services. We make storage suggestions and can create a list of recommended supplies to maintain the collections. We recommend that you review Gaylord Archival’s Guide to Collections Care. You can view our list of resources to see which organizations and resources we recommend.

Alice Dear, former Balboa Island Museum Archivist, and Jennifer Keil, former Museum Director

Jennifer oversaw the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society’s physical and digitally accessible archive database. This local history collection was managed by a team of university interns. Jennifer & Cindy provide archive consulting services to the Laguna Woods History Center. They specialize in digital creation and management of data. Contact us learn more about our services.