Juliana Laury Archivists

Juliana Laury Archivists compose personalized curations of family history through hand-bound anthologies and honest documentaries. We use original photographs, artifacts, and personal interviews as road maps for a clean, classic, minimalistic volume.  It’s from these pieces, that we begin to build the library of your legacy.

In the end, it’s for the child who clambers onto his grandfather’s lap as he struggles to push the worn leather album through his fingertips; His eyes full of curiosity as he immerses himself within the stories that connect him to his past.  Because to remember where he came from is part of where he is going.

What is an Anthology?

What is an Anthology?

Many of you may be thinking to yourselves, “…Okay I am assuming that an anthology is a book of some kind, but what does your anthology look like?  What can I expect from working with you?” And we totally understand where you are coming from because the act of preserving......Read More

Many of you may be thinking to yourselves,

“…Okay I am assuming that an anthology is a book of some kind, but what does your anthology look like?  What can I expect from working with you?”

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And we totally understand where you are coming from because the act of preserving is not as present as it once was. We want to change that for you, for your children, and for your children’s children. This is for the people of 2050 who will not have had the opportunity to meet your amazingly hilarious mother or your passionate father. In their hunt to find old photos they will see a beautifully crafted box. They will stop in wonderment and their heart might skip a beat. There they will peel back the pages of your family’s most adored memories and their great grandmother’s voice will ooze off of the pages. They will be able to see the memories that make up their legacy and who have actually shaped who they are.

The fact is that we all aren’t going to live on forever and this life we are living is so precious. These memories that make your heart jump or give you chills running down your spine…they mean something and if we don’t conserve them right now they might evaporate along with the oldest of iPhones.

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Upon looking up the exact definition of an anthology we found this:

an·thol·o·gy

anˈTHäləjē/

noun

  1. a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing.
  2. “an anthology of European poetry”
    • a published collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album.

We thought that google might construe the definition of what our definition is: a beautiful handmade album publishing a collection of your stories. But what we realized is that these two definitions coincide quite seamlessly. Along with your old photos of grandma and grandpa, we want to record their words or any thoughts you have from when you were little and climbing in their laps. As your hands slide over the beautiful matte paper with the photos right under your fingertips, you will turn the page and under a thin piece of velum, you will see your grandma’s words “I will always love you.” A tear might roll down your cheek and you know that you might not be able to hold onto her hand, but you can hold onto her spirit in her words.

That is what an anthology is all about, publishing a collection of important memories that you can hold onto forever.

 

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How long does it take to create an anthology?

Each anthology is unique to it’s family. Our parents aren’t all hoarders with massive closets of photos, but some are…and we love those. Most anthologies take a minimum of 3 months to produce. This allotment of time is needed because we are including the process of collecting your photos, hearing the family stories, editing and distilling the best stories for the anthology, and editing to perfection. We know that you take your legacy very seriously so we are very precise on each detail of the process.

 

What exactly can you put in our anthology?

Each anthology is specifically curated to your story. A collection of images and text added as captions from your interviews are our starting point. If you have preserved artifacts, such as letters, newspaper clippings, train tickets, etc. we will include those where they fit best with the story. If you are looking to add an additional multimedia experience, we can partner with a videographer to collect your old family videos, from film reels to VHS to iphone videos. We can add a series of highlight videos of the whole package, all presented as one final work of art that will contain your entire family history in one beautiful library showpiece. There’s a saying that asks, “If your house were to burn down tonight, what precious objects would you be sure to take with you?” Your complete family history should be one of them, neatly packaged and ready to walk out the door with you.