For long term storage and to make your stuff last longer avoid the following
Use high quality materials and never assume that a product is acid free, lignin-free and PVC / acrylic free unless it actually claims to be so. I have found over the years if a manufacturer does not list their product including journals, notebooks, sketchbooks as being acid free it likely is not. The reason is it costs more to make paper and other items acid free therefore a manufacturer will let their customers know why it costs more than a non-acid-free product.
You can not tell by looking or handling a product if it is acid free and just because a manufacturer has true acid free products in their line does not mean all their products are acid free.
This is a classic example of the old saying, “If it is to good to be true, it probably is not true”.
For long term storage and to make your stuff last longer avoid the following:
- Journals, notebooks and sketchbooks not made with acid-free materials
- Storage containers and artifact holders that are not rated “Archival”
- Materials that are not Neutral pH or acid-free
- Materials that contain Lignin
- PVC / Acrylic materials
- Conditions having high temperature, moisture, humidity, light, dust, acid adhesives and physical damage
- Avoid rubber cement (destroys photos)
For more information and details go to our Directory-Guide page: Conservation Preservation Archival Materials