About Us

Make It Last Document Preservation has been in business for 11 years and owner Eleonore Aarsen has over 25 years experience working with artifacts.  This includes professional work in museums, libraries and archives. We are a member of the Society of American Archivists and of the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.


MILDP is a very small home-based business with personalized service.  We never apply sales pressure, nor do we misuse your information or sell it to marketers.  We pride ourselves on our professionalism and we care about your documents and their preservation.  Please feel free to contact us with questions whether you decide to hire us or not.  Asking is free!


 For examples of our work and before-and-after pictures click here.


 "I received the letter the other day. I want to first of all tell you how amazing of a job you did.  I was comparing before and after photos and the work you did was incredible.  The process from start to finish was seamless, and your communication with me was also great.  I will come to you for all my future needs with restoration work.  I am one happy customer!

-James H. Oxford, MS


I could not be more pleased than I am with the product you delivered to me.  I know my sons will cherish knowing about the grandfather they never knew.”
- Peter M., Amelia Island, FL


 " I am absolutely thrilled with your restoration abilities.  I think I cried for 5 minutes while looking at them and thinking what a gift they are to my family history. . . .Thank you for doing this kind of work."

- Bob M., Corona, CA


Thank you again for your wonderful work.  The difference is noticeable.
- Mery G., New York


I received the certificate yesterday and I think it turned out great!  Thank you for helping us preserve some of our family history!
- Bob B., Illinois


"Everything came out beautiful.  You did a great job. I am sure my family will be delighted to see everything."

- Cindy P., Louisiana


Interesting things we have treated:

  • A 17th century indenture on parchment
  • A movie ticket stub from someone's first date with their spouse
  • An officer's commission paper that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Poems written in a concentration camp by a Holocaust Survivor
  • A family height chart on which all the kids were measured
  • Classic car papers that had been taped under the hood for decades
  • A church's original construction contract from 1850
  • 1910s newspaper fragments found in walls during an apartment remodel in Brooklyn
  • A Rockefeller Family land transfer deed
  • A naturalization certificate from 1864
  • A homemade paper Christmas ornament that was over 60 years old
  • A World War One soldier's letter home
  • World War Two war bond posters
  • An Iraqi newspaper
  • A letter from President Reagan
  • A will from the 1700s
  • A New York City company's "sonogram" (original sketch of their firm's concept)
  • A Civil War discharge certificate
  • A 7 foot long family tree