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Scrapbooking presents challenges for public historians. Carol Kammen examines this popular hobby and what it means for professionals in the field of state and local history.

She views scrapbooking from a market standpoint. It is an expensive activity with suppliers selling decorative products, drawing the focus of the hobby away from the photographs put into scrapbooks.

Scrapbookers tend to be more motivated by the act of decorating and creating rather than the push to preserve family photographs.

Kammen poses what challenges this will present for public historians in the future as these books begin to enter the historical record and emphasizes that these are sources that cannot be ignored.