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One New Thing
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
One New Thing: Storage of photographs.

The Library of Congress provides this page on Caring for Your Photographic Collections. I’m surprised to find out that storing photographs nearby to paints, cleaning products etc. can damage them – I guess that doesn’t happen in your average library, but in personal collections or small organisation-based libraries I can imagine it!

It seems that you can keep photographs safely in a standard photo album, as most use archival-quality materials (e.g. acid-free). You can put them in a dark cupboard that’s indoors (that would be the one you don’t keep the cleaning products in) and make sure they are kept at a temperature/humidity where they won’t get stuck to the plastic.

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