Preservation 101 Basic Tips for the Household Archivist Michelle Light, Acting Head of Special Collections and Archives University of California, Irvine Libraries [email protected] The worst archival evils How to best preserve your... Papers Photographs Traditional Digital
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How to best preserve your...
Store your paper to protect it from six hazards:
Store photos and negatives in a dark, cool, dry and ventilated place.
Relative humidity of 20-50%.
Temperature of 65-70ºF.Save your photographs
Use the best combination of paper and ink. ventilated place
Pigment-based inks are more stable than dye-based inks but have a smaller color range.
Select archival papers that areacid-free, buffered, lignin-free and optical brightener-free.
Coated ink jet papers work best with compatible inks.Create long-lasting ink jet prints
adhesives should pass the
Photographic Activity Test (PAT),
particularly anything that comes
into contact with the photographs.