Preserving Your Past: Documents & Photographs

July 20th, 2016 by

Last week, we kicked off our new program series “Preserving Your Past” with a presentation about documents and photographs! If you weren’t able to attend the program, here are a few tips to help you take care of your personal treasures:

  • Avoid extremes and rapid changes in temperature and relative humidity.
  • Avoid storing items in attics, basements, and garages.
  • Don’t eat or drink near items you are trying to preserve.
  • Keep paper and photographs out of direct sunlight and a safe distance from artificial light sources.
  • When possible, display copies and store originals in a box or enclosure.
  • Use gloves when handling photographs and clean, dry hands with paper.
  • Use appropriate materials for storage and display like acid- and lignin-free paper and board; polyethylene; and uncoated polyester.
  • Avoid materials like cardboard, newspaper, PVC, rubber bands, metal clips, and adhesive that can damage items.
  • Scanning (digitization) is a great way to create a backup copy of your images. Scan items at a minimum dpi of 300 and save them as TIFF files. Make at lease one backup copy of digital images and consider saving a copy off-site.

The next program in this series will be all about textiles. Join us on October 18 at 6:30pm!