Storing Your Photographic Collection: A Guide to Choosing the Proper Materials for Long-Term Storage

This technical bulletin offers guidelines for the long-term preservation of photographic collections. One of the first steps to achieving this goal is to re-house collection materials in enclosures and containers that meet the proper criteria. Placing photographic objects in direct contact with good quality materials limits the amount of acids and other pollutants that will damage your photographs over time. When purchasing supplies, the most important factor is to ONLY buy materials that have passed the Photographic Activity Test (PAT), which ensures that they do NOT react with the photographic image. The document is divided into two sections to facilitate users to a quick overview of good materials and materials not to be used for photographs storage.

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