Preservation

Saving Family Treasures Guidelines

Guidelines for the care of some of the more common materials to be affected by a natural disaster or other emergency are listed below.

  • The listed web sites and recovery guidelines provided are in no way an exhaustive list.

General Recovery Guidelines

Family Papers or Other Archival Documents

Bound Volumes

  1. Fan the book open
  2. Place small strips of thin white paper approximately every inch close to the spine
  3. Allow the book to dry

Books or Bound Volumes

Photographs
(Photographic Film and Prints)

Magnetic Media, Audio and Video

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