Archival Methods’ Easiest & Most Versatile Archival Storage Solution

 

 

Archival Methods’ Easiest & Most Versatile Archival Storage Solution

 

 

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The photo above shows a variety of different antique images & artifacts—similar to some of the kinds of materials you might have—that are featured in a current book project. Placed together like this they may seem like an organizational & archival storage nightmare. Indeed, these items are all over the map in terms of size / date / media / subject matter / and photographic or printing process.

So just what can be done to quickly / easily / & inexpensively organize and safely store this material in a cohesive, accessible, “uniform” manner?

 

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As shown in the photos above, by simply using an ensemble of just THREE compact, relatively inexpensive yet extraordinarily versatile acid-free products—Crystal Clear Bags & 2-ply Museum Board (on left) and Metal Edge Boxes (on right)—ALL the images & artifacts from the image at the top of this blog (plus over 200 others per box!) are each strategically organized for instant access and archivally stored for decades to come.

 

The simple sequence of what is perhaps our MOST VERSATILE archival storage solution, explained more fully below.

 

Yet why choose this particular ensemble as one of the best archival storage solutions we offer?

Like many of you, whether you’re a working photographer / artist / collector / or family historian, I have a variety of different portfolios, archives and collections, and over the years I have found that this group of three products—used in unison—provides the most flexible / least expensive / & easiest to use solutions to most of my archival storage needs for the personal and professional projects I find myself working on.

Let’s see how…

 


 

 

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Returning to the photograph of all the different sized / different process images & artifacts at the top of this blog, here are the same items – each ready for both day-to-day access and long-term archival storage.

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By placing each object illustrated above in its own uniformly-sized, resealable Crystal Clear Bag with a sheet of 2-ply Museum Board added for rigidity and structural support, I can handle even the most fragile items without fear of inadvertent damage, fingerprints, moisture or environmental contaminants, and can file all these images (and more!) in quick-access Metal Edge Boxes—all precisely organized for the particular project I’m working on (see photos above).

 

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Note that the backing boards and bags are LARGER than the actual prints, and different sized ensembles of bags / boards / & boxes are being used for different sized print groupings (the old book was add for scale). (Please click on the image for more information.)

 

Yet this three-part ensemble of archival products is not just for small materials, as it works with all sorts of other images and flat artifacts in all kinds of shapes and sizes (see photo above), each of which can be safely stored—and easily accessed & identified!

And in terms of sheer simplicity, this process boils down to just 4 easy steps…

 


 

 

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Step 1: Separate your images, flat artifacts, or artwork into “roughly similarly-sized groups,” then carefully measure the largest piece in each size group you have.

 


 

 

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Step 2: Order a package of 2-ply Museum Board and matching-sized Crystal Clear Bags that are slightly larger than the largest image or artifact you’re storing in each size group. It’s often best to consider using 2 or more different sized ensembles of bags / boards / & boxes in order to meet the needs of various-sized materials you might have. Also order matching-sized Metal Edge Boxes in the style and color (tan, black, gray, white) you would like. (Please click on each image for more information.)

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Step 3: Place each image or artifact on top of a sheet of 2-ply Museum Board (there is no need to physically attach it) and slide it into a Crystal Clear Bag. Carefully turn the bag over, remove the resealable adhesive release strip, and seal the bag. (Please click on either image for more information.)

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Step 4: Place the print in its bag in your acid-free Metal Edge Box, and you’re done! Again, note the use of different sized ensembles of bags / boards / & boxes for different sized print groupings. There are over 70 antique prints in just these two boxes, which allowed me to turn an unwieldy stack of very fragile prints into an extraordinarily compact and easily accessible archive.  (Please click on the image for more information.)

 


 

As mentioned, this easy-to-use ensemble of museum-quality archival storage products can be used to protect and store practically all your images and flat artifacts—no matter their shape or size—including old photographs, artwork, letters, even large maps and posters when using a larger box (see photos below).

So as the title of this blog suggests, this indeed makes the combined use of these products perhaps the easiest & most versatile (and economical!) archival storage solution we offer.

 

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Please click on each image above to see our illustrated blogs on Preserving a Fragile Family Photograph (left) / Preserving Old Letters in the Digital Age (right) / and on our Archival Corrugated Drop Side Box (bottom), which can be used for larger pieces.

 

In closing, we hope you will feel free to call or email with any additional questions you may have, as we here at Archival Methods are always there with friendly, personal advice on the best ways to preserve your collections, artwork and family history.

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