How would you like to transform random boxes of "photo chaos" into an organized family archive that's sheltered from the ravages of time?

What if that same product also taught you how to digitize ancestor photos without making rookie mistakes, and how to escape the curse of the half finished project...?



How would you like to:

  • ORGANIZE -> Put your hands on a specific photograph in minutes...without tearing apart your closet or attic.
  • PRESERVE -> Extend the life of your treasured family photographs, books, letters and other heirlooms (gowns, quilts, paintings)...and stop worrying about whether you're taking proper care of them or not.

  • WRITE -> Add real value to the historical materials you donate to future generations by writing down the stories behind your photos. I teach a simple writing method specifically designed for people who think they can't write. If that sounds like you, I'm here to tell you it's easier and more enjoyable than you might imagine. This is not about winning writing awards. This is about using your natural storytelling voice to...well, to tell the stories of your life. Nobody else can do this for you.

  • SCAN -> Create a digital archive of your most treasured prints, slides and film. Bring those vintage beauties into the 21st Century where it's easy-peasy to share them with family and friends. Best of all, I'm going to steer you away from the common mistakes people make when they scan photos.

So if you've been struggling with how to preserve your family treasures -- plus the stories behind them -- and you're ready to transform your photo chaos into a collection you'll be proud to show off, then keep reading, because I have just the solution you need.


Joy of Organizing Photos E-Course
An entire distance learning workshop, pre-recorded and shipped directly to you


Hiya!  I'm Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist.

Ever since I began my training as an archivist, I've been giving friends and family advice on how to organize and preserve photographs and other treasures like letters, family bibles and wedding gowns.

I'm pretty much a hopeless geek on the topic, as anyone who knows me will tell you. Especially the photographs. I joke that I've never met an antique photo I didn't like, but it's not actually a joke.

In addition to my Master's in Library Science with a Specialization in Archives Management I've also worked as an archivist for over 15 years, including stints at the Library of Congress Prints and Photos Division, the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, and American Girl.

For almost ten years, I've been teaching in-person workshops at genealogical societies, DAR luncheons, public libraries and even one International Harvester tractor collector convention. I've taught folks how to preserve and purge their photographs, how to scan them properly and how to write the stories behind them. The one thing in common about all of those classes was how much I loved doing it. This is an amusing turn of events considering that I went to library school because I didn't want to use my History BA to teach history.

But you're not here to for reminiscing, are you? No. You're here because you want to learn more about what's included in my Joy of Organizing Photos program, and whether it's got the information you need to deal with all those photos you've inherited over the years.



Joy of Organizing Photos ~ Program Details

My Joy of Organizing Photos program is divided into four modules, all of which will arrive in your mailbox on CD:

  3. WRITE
  4. SCAN

What's in each of the four modules:

  1. Organizing -- How to De-Clutter, Re-House and Arrange Photos: We'll go into detail about various arrangement methods as well as the traps to avoid. My philosophy is KISS (keep it simple, silly). This is also the class where I'll share tips for how to succeed when tackling a large project. I'll also give you the neat-o coolio matrix tool I created to help you visualize the best place for you to start.

  2. Preservation 101: All the basics of how to handle and store your unique family photographs so they last as long as possible. Not only will you learn the best room to store your treasures in, you'll also learn which boxes are the best to use for long term housing. Lower budget options are outlined, too.

  3. Writing Down the Stories Behind Your Photos: The motto for this class is "The Shortest Pencil Is Better Than The Longest Memory." It's based on Denis Ledoux's PhotoScribe method, which is the easiest -- and the most-est fun-est -- way to get your stories written down. This is something you should do even if you're convinced no one will want to read what you write. This class includes live writing time, so you'll want to have some photographs as well as something to write with for this one.

  4. How to Scan Photos Correctly: Scanning is great because it allows us to share photographs and repair damage digitally. I encourage you to scan your most precious images. However, there are some risks involved as well as some common missteps you really should avoid. You'll thank me, I promise.

Did I Mention That It's Going To Be Fun?
Because I Wasn't Kidding
About the "Joy" Part

Everybody knows the more enjoyable you can make a task -- especially a repetitive task -- the more likely it is to be completed. Spoonful of sugar and all that. Tut-tut.

Here are just a few of the joys you will encounter as you sort and select photos, place them in envelopes, write down the stories behind them, etc: 

  • The Joy of De-cluttering
  • The Joy of Order from Chaos
  • The Joy of Preserving
  • The Joy of Scanning
  • The Joy of Reminiscing
  • The Joy of Reflecting

Listen, I know you probably dread big organizing projects.

How do I know?

Am I psychic or something?

Er, no. It's just that everyone feels this way. Unless they have a plan, a  map of where they're going, a guide plus access to earlier students questions plus my answers. Which is precisely what I'm offering you.


Pretty much everything I can teach you
about how to take care of family photos
for a fraction of the price of the live class.


All on a single CD

Yours for only $25

(plus S&H)


That's more than 6 hours of lessons and follow-up Q&A,
plus transcripts from 4 web chats.




P.S. I want you to think of all your pre-digital photographs as what we archivists call a "closed collection" --> meaning it isn't being added to anymore. Organize it once and you are done. Listen, if you're an empty-nester who also happens to be retired, you could use the method I teach you to get it done once and for all, a.k.a forever.  

P.P.S. I keep forgetting to tell you that your CD also includes Fabulous! Bonus! Gifts! Including a 64-page Guide to Collections Care from archival supplier Gaylord that will show you how to properly store all kinds of heirloom items,  MP3 recordings of two Practical Archivist radio call-in shows I hosted, plus a copy of my 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photographs PDF booklet. Yay! Free bonuses!