Q: What kinds of artifacts are you looking for?
A: We are interested in writing that is composed outside of professional or academic spaces. Beyond that, we want to see writing that has a story behind it. This might be a family recipe book, a note on wall that you found interesting, a tattoo you have, and so on. Also, the artifact should contain words - written or spoken - though the words do not have to be the dominant form of communication; for instance, your artifact might be mostly pictures with a few words.
Q: I have an artifact with several pages. Do I have to submit the whole text?
A: We would prefer that you submit the whole text. However, you may submit a portion of the text if that portion holds some kind of significance for you. Again, we are interested in the story behind the text and want to know why you think it is interesting. It is possible that you feel the story lies in only a portion of the text. If you do submit the whole text but only wish for a particular portion to be uploaded, please indicate this preference on the submission form.
Q: How should I capture my artifact? What size photograph or scan should I submit
A: To capture your everyday writing artifact, you can scan the artifact, take a picture with a smart phone or digital camera, or take a screen shot. We need images that are at least 72 pixels per inch (PPI). (Smart phone cameras take pictures with PPI of at least 300.)
Q: I do not want particular names, addresses, usernames and/or other identifying information on the artifact or on the Museum site. What do I do?
A: You can black out this kind of information on/in the artifact before you send it to us. You can also indicate on the submission form that you do not want this information to appear on the Museum site.
Q: I have more questions. What do I do?
A: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will address your questions and concerns as quickly as possible.