Good preservation begins at home with taking care of your personal artifacts. Store your photographs and documents in acid-free storage folders and boxes and place them in a cool, dry part of your home. Avoid exposing artwork and important books to direct sunlight, and consider using UV-filtering glass for framed items.
Books to Consult
Museum Environment by Garry Thomson
Publication Date: 1986-10-07
The Museum Environment is in two parts; Part I: intended for conservators and museum curators and describes the principles and techniques of controlling the environment so that the potentially damaging effects of light, humidity and air pollution on museum exhibits may be minimised. Part II: the author brings together and summarises information and data, hitherto widely scattered in the literature of diverse fields, which is essential to workers in conservation research. Since the timely publication of the first two editions of this book in hardback, interest in preventive conservation has continued to grow strongly making publication of this paperback edition all the more welcome. Those whose responsibility it is to care for the valuable and beautiful objects in the world's collections have become increasingly aware that it is better to prevent their deterioration, by ensuring that they are housed and displayed in the best possible environmental conditions, than to wait until restoration and repair are necessary. The changes for the second edition have been mainly concentrated in the sections on electronic hygrometry, new fluorescent lamps, buffered cases, air conditioning systems, data logging, and control within historic buildings. A new appendix, giving a summary of museum specificiations for conservation, provides a useful, quick reference.
Preservation by Paul N. Banks (Contribution by); Roberta Pilette (Contribution by)
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
A reference guide covering the repair, maintenance and preservation of library or archive collections, providing an analysis of how to plan for and ensure the long-term health of an institution's collection in this digital age.
Archival and Special Collections Facilities by Michele F. Pacifico (Editor); Thomas P. Wilsted (Editor); Society of American Archivists (Prepared for Publication by)