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Everyone knows that paper starts to turn yellow and disintegrate as it ages. What you might not know is that the chemical process making this occur is called oxidation. As the paper combines with molecules of oxygen from the air, this causes the paper fibers to break down. It’s actually similar to what happens if a piece of paper catches fire – the combustion process just takes years instead of seconds. Preventing this “slow burn” from happening is critical for important archive documents.
The acid found in most paper products speeds up the oxidation process. This discolors paper and causes it to become brittle faster. After a while, the paper may simply fall apart at the slightest touch. Using archival folders with a neutral pH of 7.0 (not acid and not alkaline) keeps paper in a much better state of preservation over the long term.
At StoreMoreStore, we offer a wide variety of Oblique pH neutral folders and envelopes for protecting your archival documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and artwork. From letter-size documents to large over-sized maps and drawings, we have a pH neutral solution for your archival storage requirements. In addition to our wide variety of sizes, we have pH neutral envelopes and heavy-duty pH cardboard compartments up to 36″ by 42″ to help manage the storage of delicate artwork and important documents the smart way.
- Museums can preserve historical maps, archival documents and newspaper clippings safe in pH neutral envelopes and compartments
- Local governments can store historical county records and old photographs in pH neutral envelopes and folders
- Law enforcement can store and protect critical evidence using pH neutral envelopes
- Photographers can store film negatives and photographs without worrying about deterioration in pH neutral folders
- Architectural design, engineering, and construction firms can safely store blueprints, maps, drafts, and more using over-sized pH neutral folders
- Artists can store sketches, drawings and other artwork in pH neutral envelopes and compartments
For the best long term results, keep moisture and temperature levels low in archival document storage areas. Protect papers from direct sunlight and from prolonged exposure to fluorescent light. Last but not least, always ensure good air circulation to discourage mold.
Whether you are a museum curator or a researcher at a university, you know that keeping delicate organic specimens intact over the long term is a balancing act. There are 6 major factors that typically lead to damage for collections that aren’t kept safely in archival storage.
- Light (visible and UV wavelengths)
- High humidity
- Excessive or unauthorized handling
- Pest infestation
- Improper temperature control
- Dust and other contaminants
Without appropriate preservation museum cabinets and artifacts storage equipment, your organization’s collection could be at risk. You don’t have a second chance to get specimen or museum storage right. Specimens and artifacts may suffer irreparable damage and be difficult or impossible to replace.
One of the challenges of sourcing archival cabinets is the wide variety of specimens requiring storage. Each type of specimen may have different requirements. For example, keeping dermestid beetles out of your entomology cabinets is absolutely critical. Pest infestation can turn an insect collection that took years to build into piles of dust in just a couple of weeks. Other special considerations for entomology collections include being able to find the correct style of drawer for your institution’s preferred display method (Cornell, Smithsonian, California, or USNM style).
Herbarium cabinets require very careful humidity control to keep mold from destroying fragile plant tissue. Your main concern with geology cabinets is typically finding sturdy shelving or drawers that can hold up under the weight of all those rocks. You may need extra security such as museum cabinet locking mechanisms to prevent theft of high-value specimens in some collections.
Museum Collection Cabinets Offer Multiple Solutions
At StoreMoreStore, we provide museum storage solutions including specimen cabinets that help you control all of the factors that could degrade your collection. Our museum cabinets close and seal with gaskets that keep the interior environmental conditions at optimal levels for long term preservation.