The Basics: History of Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking has been popular for hundreds of years. The earliest example of the word used in print dates to 1854. For more information, check the Scrapbooks page from the Library of Congress and Scrapbooks from Tulane.
Many famous people have kept scrapbooks including Grover Cleveland and Abraham Lincoln. In addition, many people have kept scrapbooks on others. For example, there's a great Scrapbook with original articles and clippings on the life of Frederick Douglass at the Library of Congress. The label on the right is part of the Frederick Douglass scrapbook.
E-scrapbooks related to a range of visual, digital storytelling expressions including
- Digital Archives.
- Emblems. Symbols such as family crests and ranch brands.
- Journals. Diaries, logs, and other written stories and accounts.
- Mosaic. Tiles, stained glass windows, doors, and walls created through placing pieces of color into designs.
- Murals. Paintings on walls, town/city buildings, or ceilings.
- Nature Journals
- Photo essays
- Rock Art. Petroglyph and pictographs from ancient times to the present such as Arrow Canyon.
- Sketchbooks. Drawings, paintings, and art in a book form. American Indians used ledger books for sketchbooks. Many people keep nature sketchbooks.
- Totems. Family or group stories and symbols.
- Quilts, Weavings, and Tapestries. The use of thread, yarn, rope, and/or fabric to create coverings, wall hangings, and art with interesting designs.
- Virtual Specimen Collections