Photographic materials are common in personal collections and also highly susceptible to damage in poor storage conditions. Fluctuations in temperature, relative humidity, and light levels can all lead to physical and chemical deterioration of photographs and photographic materials. Similar to paper documents, photographs should be stored in buffered archival folders, separated by like materials in a climate controlled room. Unstable or highly combustible materials, such as silver nitrate negatives, should be stored carefully and in isolation from other collections. It is also important to store prints separate from negatives to protect against the potential of complete loss during a disaster and to protect against chemical deterioration from off-gassing.
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Do you have important documents, records, or works on paper that you store at home? Take this time of social distancing as an opportunity to implement proper storage and preventive conservation measures for those objects. Paper is inherently fragile and should be stored in acid-free boxes, folders, envelopes etc. Specific recommendations for storage of paper objects vary based on size and type of paper. Overall, storing paper objects in buffered folders within archival boxes on proper shelving is optimal. This creates a micro-environment that protects against light damage, dust, and fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
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