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Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Posted: 27 Oct 2011 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have lots of very old very precious family photos in my apartment. And because of the research I am doing, I also have many historical family photos that belong to my relatives and that I am just borrowing. I have been researching fire/water damage safes and storage boxes and haven't come to a clear conclusion.

I thought I had come upon the perfect solution: First Alert 2037F. This unit allows photos to lay completely flat and is fire and water proof. However, reading into the user comments I discovered that many people had opened their safes after several years to discover the contents completely molded and destroyed. Not exactly what I want to have happen.

I live in San Francisco, home to earthquakes and close living quarters with the other tenants in my building as well as zero clearance between my building and the neighboring ones. I literally have nightmares of fires and earthquakes causing damage to my apartment and destroying 150+ years of family photos.

Any suggestions on how to protect family photos and documents without putting them at risk for additional damage?

Re: Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 7:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is a perfect example of why digitizing the images is critical. While it's always best to have the original photo when possible, ALL photos and negatives will eventually fade and fall to pieces. A digital file, however, can be burned to disk and multiple copies can be created and shared with all those relatives. If something happens to person A's copy, person B can created a new disk for them. No deterioration.

You can find a line of quality archiving materials at Light Impressions. I would also find a good book on archiving and get familiar with terms and procedures. LI's site is at http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/

Good luck and make copies of those documents!! :-)
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