- Photographs, amounting to several hundred.
- Two family tree (descendancy) charts, filled out to the sixth generation (how cool is that?!).
- Several funeral programs.
- School records.
- About a hundred newspaper articles dating from the 1930's to the 1970's.
- Three Greyhound bus tickets from 1954.
- Military records for several individuals.
- Three life insurance policies taken out on infants in the 1940's and 1950's.
- Two family address directories produced for family reunions in the 1970's.
- Several high school diplomas from the 1930's.
A major problem with the photographs is identification of subject, date, and place. As for the older unidentified pictures, there are few living people who can credibly identify the individuals in them. Isn't amazing how we fail to label our photos?!
One of the things that struck me was a photocopy (and a bad one, too) of two portraits probably taken in the early 1900's. Somebody, I hope, has the originals, but who?
I think the next thing to do is go through all the boxes and segregate the photos, the documents, and the ephemera into separate temporary storage. This will take some discipline to do efficiently, because of the "Hey-look-at-this!" factor.
I've also begun a list of family members likely able to identify the photographs. We did identify a few today, though that was not our main purpose. By the way, I think it useful when labelling these to include a line that says: "ID'd by (name), (relationship), on (date)."