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Storing Documents

Post by royp » 01 Dec 2020 07:56

I have a number of old documents that I am in the process of scanning, What would be the best way to look at and protect the originals. I was thinking A3 sleeves and a backing sheet of some-sort. I also have some parish news booklets too. All advise appreciated.

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Post by Jane » 01 Dec 2020 08:38

Make sure you purchase "Archival" standard folders, to ensure the plastics have no nasty chemicals to damage the paper.

My History do a good range, but Museum/Library suppliers are also a good bet.
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Post by dewilkinson » 01 Dec 2020 09:37

I purchased 'Archival' quality A3 sleeves and binders from My History to store them in and I am confident my documents are well preserved. I also got specially sized sleeves and binders for storing certificates in. The binders need to be stored flat, in a damp free environment and in the dark, and my binders are in a large drawer in my study. The only real risk is fire, but I haven't invested in what would have to be a large fire proof safe. I also use acid free paper for printing items I wish to store. I am pleased with what My History provided.
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Re: Storing Documents

Post by Russell » 01 Dec 2020 17:39

And following on from the above comments, never be tempted to laminate original documents. The sleeves are not of archival quality and can never be removed :cry:

If you have a fragile document, talk to one of the conservators at your local Record Office before taking any action.

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Post by Gowermick » 01 Dec 2020 19:44

Not forgetting that sellotape should NEVER, EVER be used. :D
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Re: Storing Documents

Post by royp » 01 Dec 2020 21:13

Many thanks for all your input regarding the document storage. I will purchase said acid free sleeves etc. I do have a few odd size documents that will not fit nicely into a sleeve. is there a way of ..... to use the word STICK them to a card base and not cause damage.... or is the 'hold' it there by friction, the only alternative
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Post by Gowermick » 02 Dec 2020 05:16

You could try rolling them, and store them in an appropriate largish sized tube.
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Re: Storing Documents

Post by royp » 02 Dec 2020 08:08

I know that stamp collector use sticky mounts, is anything like this advisable.
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Re: Storing Documents

Post by Gowermick » 02 Dec 2020 12:25

Roy,
Serious stamp collectors stopped using them, because even they caused damage to the back of the stamps, especially Mint ones.
Personally, I wouldnt risk sticking anything on any of my original documents!
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Post by SunnyLady » 04 Dec 2020 11:09

If you have copies (digital and printed out) please ask yourself if any of the original documents should be deposited at the local records office. They will be preserved and conserved - if you need to you can restrict access. I’ve lodged some things with mine and was welcomed with open arms (including things I didn’t think they would be interested in), and means I can get to them without the worry of conserving them myself. They commented that they wished others had done the same. I wish a 3rd cousin had deposited documents he showed me. Whilst I’ve got brief notes (too brief in hindsight), he wouldn’t let me copy them and he couldn’t be bothered - after a combination of a house fire, his demise and uninterested children these have all been destroyed, and it’s what prompted me to talk to my local records office.

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