Photographs Download (32.2MB) A ton of information is embedded in historic photographs, especially when the images include artisans and handmade objects. In this episode of the Artisan Ancestors, I talk about my work identifying, organizing, and analyzing historic photograms. Focusing on my work with pictures of oak rod baskets from Southern Indiana,  I share how […]

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Jon Kay on March 2, 2012

When: Mon., March 5, 6:30 p.m. Phone: 812-376 -2535 Price: free. Knowledge for Not-for-Profits, an information sharing workshop, will take place on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 pm at the Jennings County Historical Society, 134 E. Brown St., Vernon, IN. This free workshop will be conducted by Jon Kay and is titled “Historic Photography.” Participants […]

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A few years ago, I wrote a review for the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews of a great book by folklorist Jon Lohman. In Good Keeping: Virginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships survey’s Virginia’s impressive apprenticeship program.I thought my readers might be interested in this work. Here is an excerpt of and link to my review essay. “Apprentice […]

Continue reading about In Good Keeping: Viginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships Download (48.8MB) An expert in early sound recordings, Patrick Feaster talks about his personal collection of home recordings captured on wax cylinders in this episode.  While many genealogists and local historians may have tracked down photographs of ancestors and others from the late Nineteenth Century, few would imagine that they might  hear the voice […]

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In this free workshop, I put on my hat as a Historic Photograph Researcher and  teach participants how to identify the various types of historic photographs and how to care for them. As an avid student of vernacular images, I will share tips and tricks for reading and better understanding old photographs. Participants are encouraged […]

Continue reading about The Identification, Care & Handling of Historic Photographs Download (27.1MB) An Emmy Award-winning archival image researcher, Rich Remsberg assists documentary film makers locate the necessary archival footage and still photos that they need to visually tell their stories.  From scouring collection at the National Archive to tracking down rare one of a kind materials held in personal and family collections, he prides […]

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Jon Kay on February 25, 2011

I am teaching a workshop this weekend on the Identification, Care and Handling of Historic Photographs. I am not an expert in this area, but I am a firm believer that the only way to really learn something is to teach it. So as I was pulling together information of the workshop I started thinking […]

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Jon Kay on January 4, 2011

My students often ask me what is the best scanner? I usually reply that it depends on how it is going to be used. My research takes me into the field to do interviews with people who want to share photographs, newspaper clippings and other documents with me.  I try not to borrow objects or […]

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Jon Kay on December 30, 2010

I find pocket microscopes like the  Carson MM-200 Pocket Microscope to be a necessary tool in my work with historical photographs.  This inexpensive scope combined with the information and photo samples available at the, help me to identify historic photographic materials and processes. Being able to recognize a photographs support material, binding and surface […]

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Jon Kay on December 29, 2010

Safeguarding your research data and having access to your materials when you need them are imperatives for anyone doing genealogical or historical research, which is why I use Dropbox to backup and sync my files to my various computers.  Offsite data storage helps prevent data loss from unforeseen issues such as theft and hardware failure. […]

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Jon Kay on December 28, 2010

Jon Kay suggests using a simple hand held camera as a scanner to copy photographs and documents in this Artisan Ancestors Quick Tip # 2.

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