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Basic Products and Supplies for Preservation

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Basic Products and Supplies for Preservation

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Updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Basic Products and Supplies for Preservation

Acid-Free Paper
  • Acid free
  • Ph Value = greater than 7 (Ph = Acidity level)
  • Lignin free
  • Sulfur free
  • High cotton percentage (at least 50%)

Acid-Free Folders

Acid-Free Boxes

Gold or Silver Quality CDs

  • 700mb in size
  • CD-R (Recording), not CD-RW (Rewritable)
  • Avoid DVDs for audio files (smaller shelf life)

Digital Audio Files

  • MP3, WAV, or WMA as the file format
  • Record at least at 120kbps (kilobytes per second)

Audio Cassette Tapes

  • Brand name
  • Use 60 minute tapes (avoids stretching)
  • Pop out 'write protection' tab, to ensure that tape is not overwritten by accident

Digital Video Files

  • AVI or WMV (MPEG2 or MPEG4), or DivX as the file format

VHS

  • S-VHS (60-90 minute tapes), known as 'Super VHS'
  • Record in standard mode; not 'Long Play' or 'Extended Play'
  • Do not use Betamax or Video-200

Online Storage / Backup Servers

  • Top 5 According to http://www.backupreview.info
    • Consumer Grade: Carbonite, Keepit, MozyHome, iDrive, and Backblaze
    • Small to Medium Business Grade: KineticD, Asigra, Vembu, CarbonitePro, and iBackup
    • Enterprise Grade: Backup-Technology, Intronis, Storage Guardian, MozyPro, and CoreVault

THE DON'Ts:

  • Avoid staples, paper clips, sticky/adhesive tape, glue, etc.


Where to Buy Archival Products

Archival Products
Library Binding Service
PO Box 1413
Des Moines, IA 50305
1-800-526-5640
http://www.archival.com/
(Pamphlet binders of all types)

Archivart
7 Caesar Place
Moonachie, NJ 07074
1-800-804-8428
http://www.archivart.com
(General conservation supplies)

Conservation Resources International
5532 Port Royal Rd.
Springfield, VA 22151
1-800-634-6932
http://www.conservationresources.com
(Archival storage supplies)

Creative Memories
for consultant in your area
1-800-341-5275
http://www.creativememories.com
(Archival photo albums and accessories)

Gaylord Bros.
PO Box 4901
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901
1-800-634-6307
http://www.gaylord.com/
(General conservation supplies, clamshell photo storage boxes, unbuffered textile storage boxes, unbuffered acid-free tissue, etc.)

Hollinger Corp.
PO Box 8360
Fredricksburg, VA 22404-8360
1-800-634-0491
http://www.hollingercorp.com/

Light Impressions
PO Box 787
Brea, CA 92822-0787
1-800-828-6216
http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/
(Albums, accessories, frames, and photographic storage supplies: photo archive anvelopes)

Testfabrics
PO Box 26
West Pittson, PA 18643
570 - 603 - 0432
http://www.testfabrics.com/
(Fabrics and related supplies)

University Products
PO Box 101
517 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01041-0101
1-800-628-1912
http://www.universityproducts.com/
(General conservation supplies: books on preservation and conservation)



PLEASE NOTE: many of these companies sell non-archival material. Read description of item. "Professional" quality material does NOT necessarily mean "archival" quality material.