Storage and Handling
The Alliance has compiled this set of storage and handling resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
Tier 3 museum members can access a number of sample handling procedures from other museums.
The Library of Congress’ preservation portal includes information on care, handling, and storage of photographs which includes information on identifying photographs, general care and handling, and dealing with condition problems.
The National Park Service’s (NPS) Museum Handbook (PDF) has a 39-page chapter with a comprehensive review of the 3 components of a collections storage system: the facility or space, the equipment, and the containers for individual objects. It has information about assessing storage needs and planning the space, whether upgrading an existing space or developing a new facility. It also includes illustrations of various storage techniques, an assessment worksheet, and floor plans for proposed collection storage spaces.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) shares information about using alternative space for the storage of archival and library materials. These papers discuss underground storage, cold storage vaults, adapted space, and specially built, high-density depository structures where material is stacked very high, expected retrieval is infrequent, and the building is so well insulated that little air conditioning is necessary.
The Minnesota Historical Society shares guidelines and standards on storage containers, supports, and mounts (PDF, 8 pages).
The Minnesota Historical Society offers guidelines on choosing storage furniture (PDF, 8 pages).
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet to assist in selecting storage furniture. It discusses materials, finishes, and construction features.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet on storage and handling methods for bound books which includes information on proper storage, handling, and marking.
The Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation designed STASH to provide tools for institutions of all types, sizes, and resource levels on how to create safe and appropriate storage solutions. These solutions were written by and for collection care professionals in all fields.