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What to Keep

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As you look around your home, you'll begin to identify dozens of documents and items that you would like to keep. As part of your family archive project, you'll want to determine not only what you have, but also what you want to hold onto.

To help you get started, we've included examples of the most common documents to archive. They're listed in two categories; critical documents and secondary documents, which is how professionally trained archivists refer to them.

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Critical documents can include:

  • Birth and marriage certificates

  • Old passport and/or immigration documents

  • Mortgage and other home-related documents

  • Investment and/or retirement information

  • Insurance policies

  • Medical information

  • Wills and other legal documents

  • Bills and financial documents

NOTE: Current documents, like passports, are not part of a family archive and should be stored in an easy-to-access location, like a fire-proof safe. However, an expired passport, documenting your world travels, is part of a family archive and should be stored accordingly.

Secondary documents can include:

  • Books

  • Correspondence (e.g. letters, postcards, notes)

  • Journals or diaries

  • Magazines

  • Newsclippings and newspapers

  • Old business cards and work papers

  • Other paper-based collectibles

  • Pamphlets and advertisements

  • Paper and cardboard signs

  • Posters and artwork

  • Religious papers (baptism, confirmation, bar/bat mitzvah)

  • Stamps

What NOT to keep
For some items, especially critical documents and older materials that are more scarce, you'll want to keep everything you have. For other items, where there are too many documents to keep or multiple copies of the same thing, choose just a few representative samples from each category. For example, instead of saving every project and drawing your children made in school, go through and pick a few of the best examples from each year and just archive those.

Helpful Hint: When in doubt about what to keep and what NOT to keep, try using the rule of three. Whenever you have multiple copies of the same thing, save no more than three copies. When you have multiple examples of documents in the same category (e.g. kids' drawings) choose just three representative examples from the category.

How to Organize Your Documents