Archive

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.

-Victor Hugo

Archival collections should be catalogued and preserved for future generations to enjoy. These legacy projects allow us to capture the past and present in order to help us understand our roles in society. We can manage physical collections, digitize items, and create oral history collections. Visit our preservation services page for more information. Our methodology includes acquisition, preservation, metadata description, research, and exhibition. We utilize a formal nomenclature utilized by the Getty Museum. We implement the standards set by the Society of American Archivists such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Laguna Woods History Center Archive

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 Society of American Archivists and the Society of California Archivists. We maintain active membership and maintain our training by attending conferences, participating in webinars, and attending workshops.

We digitize your physical photos in high DPI and provide metadata that will help you find your collections with ease.

Does your institution or private family/corporate collection need to be digitized? A keyword searchable repository can help with insurance policies, loan agreements with borrowing institutions, and appraisals. Its critical to know the history and location of each item. Each item is evaluated, valued, and placed within a proper collection. Every item is given an accession number and stored in a content management system. You should be maintaining industry standards in regard to DPI and file output. Are you wondering if you should create a TIFF, JPEG, or PDF file for your master and access files? We can help you with these key questions and establish an institutional workflow.

We offer installation, system management, and training of your archival system. We handle the collection arrangement and help you develop archive policy. Your organization’s board will receive a report with the collection’s data, a revised archival policy, and a legacy plan to sustain your collection with best practices. You can enroll in our Google Classroom course for a plethora of resources and hands-on training. Reference our extensive list of resources and historic & research sites to see which organizations we recommend.

Some of our recent community projects include:

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. 70 Degrees 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 recommend Caio Graco Valle Cobério’s, “The Importance of Corporate Archives to Economic and Business History: A Case Study,” made available from the Society of American Archivists for inspiration. 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. The Los Angeles Archivists Collective has created an archive zine for your reference.

Facial analysis of digitized collection using Google API.

70 Degrees instituted a digital repository for The Moulton Company. We specialize in preserving corporate histories and born-digital media such as e-mails, digital photography, and websites.

Jennifer and Cindy are Archivists for the Moulton Family Foundation. We maintain and manage this growing Orange County collection that focuses on this pioneer family. Lewis Fenno Moulton and Nellie Gail Moulton owned and operated Rancho Niguel. It became the Moulton Ranch which included nearly 22,000 acres. View Eddie Grijalva’s story in the small town of El Toro and experience the Moulton Ranch. We are writing the interpretive plan for the Aliso Viejo Ranch 7.7 acre project.

Jennifer oversaw the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society’s physical and digitally accessible archive database in PastPerfect. She utilized these materials in rotating exhibitions. 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.

Listen to the KUCI radio show with Ryan Foland to hear about preserving family and corporate history.

Contact us to learn more about our services.