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.


For more information go to Photographs

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