Genealogy Solutions | Archival Preservation MADE IN THE USA!


Genealogy Solutions:  Archival Preservation MADE IN THE USA!






So, folks, just how did THIS empty space (see pix above) turn into THESE world-class archival genealogy supplies (see pix below), all right here in the USA?!?!?!?



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Left: Acid-free Drop Front Boxes come in a HUGE variety of sizes / depths / & colors!
Right: Our Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders are PERFECT for the safe archival storage of—and access to!—your old family letters
& genealogy materials (please click here to see our fully-illustrated blog on Preserving Old Letters in the Digital Age).

(Please click on each image for more information.)



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Left: the archival Binder-in-a-Box holds EVERYTHING, even old family recipes! (See our full blog on Preserving Family Recipes here.)
 Right: Acid-free Document Storage Boxes come in many colors, and as complete all-in-one kits—perfect for genealogy!
(Please click on each image for more information.)



Genealogy Solutions:  Archival Preservation Made in Our Own Facility!



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So, folks, starting in May of 2015 Archival Methods—the WORLD LEADER in archival products—began to add on to its in-house manufacturing capacities by opening a new, continually expanding facility (see pix above), all in order to keep the production of our museum-quality archival boxes and binders growing—and it was all done RIGHT HERE in the USA.

These capacities have also allowed us to begin to develop NEW archival products, and to offer cool new services like foil stamp embossing of our Onyx Portfolio Boxes and our Museum Solander Cases (more on that in an upcoming blog).

And lastly, by making many of our own acid-free products ourselves, we have YET ANOTHER opportunity to practice STRICT QUALITY CONTROL, all with the goal of making the genealogy storage and presentation materials YOU need the best available ANYWHERE!

‘Nuff said.





So, fast-forward to today, and that big empty warehouse in the top pix is now a fully-equipped manufacturing facility, teeming with activity as we build—one at a time, by hand!—the BEST archival boxes and binders used the world over by trained museum professionals / internationally known artists / and by YOU in your practice of genealogy and family archiving. 

With this short background, let’s take a quick look at just two of the fine archival products we’re now making—literally across the street from our main office and warehouse.

While there are many others that will be covered in upcoming blogs (so stay tuned!), today we’ll look at two that are PERFECTLY suited to those interested in genealogy and the archival care of ALL SORTS of materials in one’s family archive: Metal Edge Drop Front Boxes  &  Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders.





Genealogy Solutions:  Drop Front Boxes



(Please click on the image to see our short video on Drop Front Boxes.)



So, folks, just what IS a “Drop Front Box?”

Well, as its name implies, the front panel of each of these high-quality workhorse boxes “drops down” (see the red box in the pix above) to allow easy access to your materials WITHOUT having to “dig them out,” which can cause damage to old or fragile family documents, keepsakes, photos, and genealogy materials (please click here to see our short video on these versatile boxes).

OK, so now that you know what a Drop Front Box is, HOW do we make ’em and WHAT TYPES are available?



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Left: a shelving unit FULL of precision-made cutting dies for making our wide range of products, including our acid-free Drop Front Boxes.
Right: one of these dies, with razor-sharp cutting edges that assure perfectly clean and exacting cuts—every time!
(Please click on either pix for more information on our wide variety of archival Drop Front Boxes.)



We here at Archival Methods use the dies shown above to make a TON of different types of our classic Drop Front Boxes, including:


      dozens of sizes, from 8 x 10″ up to 22 x 28″, with many sizes in between for ALL your genealogy needs

      various depths, including our most popular 3″ deep boxes & our sleek 1.5″ deep boxes

      a number of cool colors, including our standard tan boxes, and those in gray / black / & white (see pix below)



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Left: Precision-made 3″ deep gray & tan Drop Front Boxes on the manufacturing floor, ready to safely house YOUR genealogy materials.
Right: Acid-free tan 1.5″ deep Drop Front Boxes are PERFECT for the large / flat stuff in your family archive.
(Please click on each pix for more information.)



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Yes folks, the variety of colors / depths / & sizes of acid-free Drop Front Boxes we make (by hand!) ensures that
you will find EXACTLY what you’re looking for when it comes to ALL you archival storage & presentation needs.
(Please click on each image for more information.)



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(Please click on each image for more information, & click here to see our fully-illustrated blog on Newspaper & Magazine Storage,
and click here for our short video on our all-in-one Newspaper & Magazine Storage Kit.)



From family documents, to photos & artwork, to keepsake—and often fragile—holiday ornaments, to old magazines and newspapers (see pix above), our Drop Front Boxes are a versatile archival solution to ALL your genealogy storage needs!





Genealogy Solutions:  Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders



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(Please click on each image for more information.)



Yes folks, our classic Collector Grade 3-Ring Binder is another of the fine archival products we’re making—one at a time—in our new on-site production facility.



The green thingy in the center of the pix is the machine that we use to hand-place each of the incredibly strong rivets that hold the 3-ring LOCKING mechanism (“locking” is an important attribute, folks) in each of our Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders. (Please click on the image to see our short video on this locking mechanism.)



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Need an archival binder that will last a lifetime (and beyond)? Yeah, it’s this one, folks!
(Please click on each image for more information.)



Your important materials aren’t going ANYWHERE with these secure LOCKING slant-style “D” rings, yet they’re easy to open & easy to close. ‘Nuff said. (Please click on the image to see our short video on Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders.)



Available in 4 (count ’em FOUR) elegant colors that will match any taste or decor—red / black / forest green / navy blue—our completely archival Collector Grade 3-Ring Binder is the answer to many of your genealogy & family archiving needs.

In addition to these radiant and cool colors, these binders also:


      come in two popular sizes: 1.5″ ring diameter  &  2.5″ ring diameter

      feature slant-style “D” rings (instead of standard “O” rings), which allow for more storage pages per binder

      have a locking ring mechanism, which prevents your precious genealogy materials from inadvertently falling out

      can be paired with optional slipcases for further protection from dust, moisture and household pollutants



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From photos & snapshots to old family letters & documents, our hand-made Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders and our wide variety of archival storage pages will give you unlimited access to your materials—both front & back!—while providing you with the peace-of-mind of knowing that your genealogy materials are safe for generations to come! (Please click on each image for more information.)





Genealogy Solutions:  Other Fine Products We’re Making Here



So, there you have it, folks, just two of the great archival products that we’re now making IN-HOUSE these days.

Stay tuned for more info on other hand-made archival solutions for ALL your storage and presentation needs.

In the meantime we hope you’ll also take a look at just a few of the other products we’re now making, as mentioned, directly across the street from Archival Methods’ company HQ:



Our elegant yet strong & practical Onyx Portfolio Boxes will be covered in another blog. 
(Please click on the image for more information.)



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Left to right:  Hinged Lid Box  /  Binder-in-a-Box  /  Short Top Box, all available in a wide variety of sizes.
(Please click on each image for more information.)



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Left: Our Document Storage Kit, an all-in-one acid-free solution for filing your genealogy and family archive materials.
Right: we make our legal & letter-sized Document Storage Boxes in FOUR colors!
(Please click on each image for more information.)



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Our top-of-the-line Museum Solander Cases are the best in the world.
(Please click on either image for more information.)





Genealogy Solutions:  A Last Word


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Scrap archival board out-cuts, stacked on pallets and ready for recycling!
(Please click on either image for more information.)



Lastly, while we strive to do our best when it comes to the efficient use of our high-quality raw materials, there is always some waste in terms of archival board out-cuts and such.

Well, we here at Archival Methods are all quite sensitive to environmental concerns, so we go to great lengths to ensure that EVERYTHING that CAN be recycled… 

IS recycled!

Yup, ’nuff said.





Well, we hope you’ve found something of interest in our quick tour of some of the genealogy-oriented products we’re now making in-house.

We’re already busy creating a whole series of NEW Archival Methods blogs to cover everything imaginable—including more on our home-grown products—so stay tuned!


In the meantime, please look through all our other illustrated 
blogs and our selection of informative, short ‘n sweet videos. And, as always, please CONTACT US with any questions you may have regarding YOUR OWN archival challenges. We have over 120 YEARS(!!!) of combined experience in the arts, sciences and alchemy of archival storage and presentation, and are always there to answer your questions and guide you through whatever you need to know.