Collection Care - Photographs
Photographs are often the most cherished materials in family collections. Simple precautions will insure these images will be passed on to future generation.
| Preservation Tips.....
- Wear cotton gloves when handling photographs or negatives.
- Store prints and negatives separately.
- Store black & white photos and color photos separately.
- Always label or index your photos. You may recognize the images, others may not.
- Make reprints, photocopies, color copies, or scans and store the original photo.
- Avoid careless handling which will cause abrasions, tears, or breakage.
- Light damage (UV or Sun) is cumulative and irreversible.
- Keep photos in acid free/ archival quality containers (similar to paper).
- As much as possible, control the temperature and relative humidity of the storage area.
- Avoid damp basements or steamy attics.
- Write on the back of photos with soft lead or stabilo pencil (no pen!!)
- Avoid adhesives on photographs such as self-adhesive tape and rubber cement