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Basic Products and Supplies for Preservation


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


  • 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
    • 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


  • 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
(Pamphlet binders of all types)

7 Caesar Place
Moonachie, NJ 07074
(General conservation supplies)

Conservation Resources International
5532 Port Royal Rd.
Springfield, VA 22151
(Archival storage supplies)

Creative Memories
for consultant in your area
(Archival photo albums and accessories)

Gaylord Bros.
PO Box 4901
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901
(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

Light Impressions
PO Box 787
Brea, CA 92822-0787
(Albums, accessories, frames, and photographic storage supplies: photo archive anvelopes)

PO Box 26
West Pittson, PA 18643
570 - 603 - 0432
(Fabrics and related supplies)

University Products
PO Box 101
517 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01041-0101
(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.