This informal guide is a compilation of information from readily-available sources in online and printed formats. It is an introduction to a complex and difficult subject that is intended to help you organize and preserve collections of papers and other possessions and to make them available for use. As a short introduction by an interested amateur, it does not pretend to be an authoritative reference tool and should not be taken as one.
The Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips from an Archivist Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including the best ways to preserve letters, especially folded and delicate letters. Also included are links to websites and resources covering archival practices, transcribing letters and more. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.