Cold Storage


Cold storage of color materials has been around for a few decades. The leading authorities on cold storage of color photographic materials are Henry Wilhelm and Carol Brower. They found that cold storage discourages the fading and deterioration of color photographs.

Supplies needed for cold storage include:

  • Freezer (frost free)
  • Ziploc airtight polypropylene storage bags
  • Disposable examination gloves
  • Metal storage boxes

A lot of people like to store photographs at home. Instructions for cold storage can be found in my Preserving Your Family Photographs book.

Don’t want to do this at home? You can rent space from a commercial cold storage facility called Hollywood Vaults (800) 569-5336.

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