Adverse storage conditions affect all items in a collection. The effects are not always dramatically obvious. Changes occur gradually over a long period of time. However, once the changes have occurred they are often irreversible, or involve complex and costly treatment.
A good storage environment can prevent physical damage, help slow down chemical deterioration, and greatly increase the life of photographs. The following sections outline:
- the ideal conditions for storing photographs;
- general storage guidelines;
- the best materials to use for storing photographs;
- practical steps you can take to improve your photographic storage, even when conditions are not ideal; and
- some easy, do-it-yourself methods for storing photographs.
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