Processing the Abele Collection

Scrapbooks Processing

Using information gleaned from the appraisal, Fred gets a better handle on what is in the collection.

photo of one of the pages froma a scrapbook of train-related postcards and pictures
Here he looks more closely at each scrapbook to determine if the scrapbooks have themes and makes notes. This particular scrapbook consists of railroad postcards and photographs of various railroads.

a staff member labelling one of the scrapbooks from the collection
He then affixes a label to the scrapbook.

photo of some albums from the collection, with Fred's notesHe also inserts his notes into each scrapbook to help later when he begins to create a more detailed finding aid. Also, if the scrapbooks need to be disbound to better house the materials therein, the notes will help preserve the integrity of the collection in each and the intent of Mr. Abele when he put the scrapbook together.
Close-up of the notes from three of the scrapbooks
Close-up of the notes from three of the scrapbooks.


staff member making additional notes on one of the boxes that holds a part of the collection
As the scrapbooks are examined more closely, they are grouped according to topic in the boxes and the boxes are relabeled, reflecting what is in them.
Last Updated: November 20, 2012