Queries and Answers: Storing Different Materials Together


Shirley wrote: How can I store my photos properly?

It’s actually easier than you might think. It’s possible to follow the basic rules of archival storage in your home. Here’s a few things to remember.

Back in the old days, when I was a photo curator we had a basic rule. Never mix different types of materials, i.e. news clippings and photographs in the same folder. If you have news clippings of a wedding you’d like to preserve and a picture of the smiling couple, then place each item in a separate acid and lignin free folder. This way the acid from the newspaper won’t stain the picture.

Look for a windowless closet in your home. You’re trying to find one away from water pipes, fireplaces, and exterior walls.

Then place your heirloom images in acid and lignin free folders and boxes.

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