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.