Using information gleaned from the appraisal, Fred was able to get a better handle on what was in the collection.
He looked closely at each scrapbook to determine if the scrapbooks had a theme and made notes. This particular scrapbook consisted of railroad postcards and photographs of various railroads.
He then affixed a label to the scrapbook.
He also inserted his notes into each scrapbook to help later when he began to create a more detailed finding aid. Also, if the scrapbooks need to be disbound to better house the materials therein, the notes helped 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.
As the scrapbookswere examined more closely, they were grouped according to topic in the boxes and the boxes were relabeled, reflecting what is in them.