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RE: preservation of negatives/slides/prints


The biggest factor is humidity. Archival materials should be kept relative humidities of 40% or lower. For photographic materials, the next is light. Keep materials in the dark. Never examine or display under UV producing lights like flourescent or metal halide bulbs. Use low wattage incandescent. Heat can also be a factor if its too hot. Make sure all storage materials are true archival materials. Finally keep materials away from chemical fumes, paint fumes, etc.

Bob Schramm

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From: Diana Bloomfield <dhbloomfield@bellsouth.net>
Reply-To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: preservation of negatives/slides/prints
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 11:10:13 -0400

Hi all,

A photographer friend of mine died recently, and her husband contacted me about her prints, negatives, and slides. He wants to be able to archivally preserve those for her kids and asked me about the best way to go about doing that. My immediate answer is to simply place everything in the appropriate archival storage sleeves, place in an archival storage box, and keep away from light and heat. Am I missing something? Does anybody have other advice? I'm assuming the prints would be the most vulnerable to fading and damage, but is it worth scanning everything to digital format? I realize we might not be using CDs in 10 years time, or less, but I assume whatever we are using could be copied again. Anyway . . . if anybody has any better suggestions, let me know.


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