Reviving faded history

Records vanish. They are stolen, lost, thrown away or simply stored out of sight and out of mind. They’re eaten by moths, dust, mold, insects and mice. In Georgia, the humidity turns improperly stored papers to mush. saw historical societies completely wiped out,” said David Carmicheal, director of the Georgia Archives, who visited Mississippi after the flood. “Those places will never really recover a sense of their history.”

But everyday disasters may do the most damage.