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Storage and Handling

Sample Documents

American Alliance of Museums

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample handling procedures.

Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

The FAIC 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.

Handling Practices

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society provides guidelines on handling and moving practices that include damage incident reports and visitor procedures (PDF, 4 pages).

Storage Containers, Supports, and Mounts

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society shares guidelines and standards on storage containers, supports and mounts (PDF, 8 pages).

Storage Furniture

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society offers guidelines on choosing storage furniture (PDF, 8 pages).

Overview of Alternative Space Options for Libraries and Archives

National Archives & Records Administration

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.

Museum Collection Storage

National Park Service

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.

Storage Methods and Handling Practices

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet on storage and handling methods.

Storage Furniture: A Brief Review of Current Options

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet to assist in selecting storage furniture. It discusses materials, finishes, and construction features.

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