Some parts of the collection were a hodge-podge of materials.
Fred sorted and rehoused materials according to type: timetables, photographs, postcards, slides, etc.
Some items - photographs and negatives, for example - needed to be housed in special evelopes. Note the use of white gloves to ensure that body oils are not transferred to the photographs.
Photographs were removed from unsafe housing, such as this torn and brittle envelope, and placed in lignin-free envelopes and folders.
After the photographs were put in a lignin-free folder, the information found on the original envelope was copied onto the folder.
Fortunately, Mr. Abele frequently included lists containing information about the photographs in each of the envelopes.
As Fred went through the collection, he determined what kind of and how many lignin-free folders were needed to house the photographs and negatives properly.
Glass-plate negatives and other negatives were matched to photographs.