Here are some quick guidelines on how you'll be asked to handle materials in the archives. More information will be provided for you at your appointment.
Avoid adhesives and fasteners! Tape and glue can degrade paper and photographs and cause damage when removed. Fasteners like staples and paper clips also cause damage, and can create rust and corrosion on your items.
Select appropriate storage. For long-term storage, try to find paper or plastic enclosures that are designated "acid-free". Do not expose items to unecessary light. Also try to keep items in places that do not experience temperature or humidity extremes.
Consider professional services for complicated formatting conversions or significant repairs to damage. Other tasks, like scanning, creating records, and repairing minor damage can be done at home if you find good resources to help you learn.
Abilene Christian University's Milliken Special Collections wants you to know that when working with archival materials one needs to be aware of how to interact with the various issues that threaten the items. Milliken Special Collection's Preservation Coordinator - Chad Longley gives us some guidelines that help us with our interactions with irreplaceable items.
Aug 11, 2010
There are some amazing free resources on the web dedicated to helping you preserve your personal collections or family archives. Here are just a few, with a description of their focus. If you have additional preservation questions, contact the Archives and we will try to answer them as we are able.