Archival storage boxes are storage countainers that are constructed from P.A.T. Certified materials to ensure the integrity of long-term storage. This
archival material is crafted into solid, secure boxes that resist dust, dirt, and light infiltration. Rigid, metal-reinforced
corners create a secure seam and resist crushing even when stacked. Ideal archival practice suggests replacing all acid free
papers, boxes etc every 5 years. Whether for artifacts, documents or photos, archival storage boxes make ideal storage solutions.
To read documents, lay them on a flat surface and minimize handling.
All documents should be housed in a protective sleeve made of polyester (Mylar), as well as paper envelopes for storage.
When retrieving a single item from a folder, first remove the file folder from the box and then remove the item.
When placing papers in file folders, there should be no more than ten sheets per folder. Use even few sheets per folder
when storing more valuable documents.
Interleave documents using acid-free Bond Paper or glassine sheets.
Newspaper clippings are very acidic. They should be treated with deacidification spray and stored in their own folders to
limit acid migration. Always test a treatment on an inconspicuous area of the material before treating the entire item.
Store materials in a relatively cool, dry, dark location. Paper should be kept in an environment with a relative humidity
of 35-40%. Items such as leather, textiles etc. should be in 45-55% RH.
Interleave large items with buffered paper for support.
When choosing an acid-free tissue, consider the type of artifact you are storing. Cotton, flax, linen, and jute should be
stored using a buffered tissue to neutralize acids. Wool, silk, and textiles are best stored using unbuffered tissue which has
a neutral pH.
Avoid using pen or markers on or around archival materials.
Pencil is best suited in most circumstances as it is removable.
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