Preservation 101
5 | Collections Care

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8


Storage Furniture
Storage Enclosures
Collection Maintenance
Handling Collections

Putting It Into Practice
Storing Paper Collections
Storing Media Collections
Staff and User Education
Final Assignment

Taking it Further
Additional Activities
Additional Resources

Taking it Further

Additional Resources

This bibliography is not exhaustive, but has been prepared as a starting point to help you obtain more information on collections care. Please also see the Additional Resources lists provided for Session 2 and Session 3 of this course, since many of those resources provide information not just about deterioration mechanisms, but also about proper storage and handling techniques.

General Storage and Handling/Paper Collections

Balloffet, Nelly, and Jenny Hile. Preservation and Conservation for Libraries and Archives. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005. See "Section 1: The Basics of Preservation," and "Section 3: Simple Preservation Techniques: Rehousing Library and Archive Materials."

Garlick, Karen, "Planning an Effective Holdings Maintenance Program." American Archivist Vol. 53, No. 2 (Spring 1990): 256-264.

Higginbotham, Barbara Buckner and Judith W. Wild. "Circulation and Stack Maintenance," in The Preservation Program Blueprint. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001, 42-47.

The National Archives. NARA Holdings Maintenance web site.

National Park Service. ConservOGrams.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Preservation Suppliers and Services web site.

Ogden, Sherelyn, ed. "Section 4: Storage and Handling," in Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual. 3rd ed. Andover, MA: Northeast Document Conservation Center, 1999.


Balloffet, Nelly, and Jenny Hile. "Section 6: Small Exhibitions," in Preservation and Conservation for Libraries and Archives. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005, 149-182.

National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library and Archival Materials. ANSI/NISO Standard Z39.79-2001. Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 2001. (PDF).

National Park Service. "Safe Plastics and Fabrics for Exhibit and Storage," ConservOGram 18/2, August 2004. (PDF).

Pilette, Roberta. "Exhibition Policy and Preparation," in Preservation: Issues and Planning, edited by Paul N. Banks and Roberta Pilette. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000, 185-205.

Staff/User Education

Drewes, Jeanne M. and Julie A. Page, eds. Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries. Westport, CT: Greenwood press, 1997.

Preservation Education and Awareness for Library Users web site.

Photographs and Film

Association of Moving Image Archivists. The Home Film Preservation Guide. See "Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair," "Projection," and "Storage Preparation."

The Film Preservation Guide: the Basics for Archives, Libraries, and Museums. San Francisco, CA: National Film Preservation Foundation, 2004. See "Chapter 3: Film Handling and Inspection" and "Chapter 6: Storage."

Lavedrine, Bertrand. A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2003. See "Chapter 3: Enclosures" and "Chapter 7: Mounting and Exhibition."

National Park Service. ConservOGrams.

Reilly, James M. Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints. Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Co., 1986. See "Chapter VI: Storage" and "Chapter VII: Handling, Display, and Care."

Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn, and Diane Vogt O'Connor, with Helena Zinkham, Brett Carnell, and Kit A. Peterson. Photographs: Archival Care and Management. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2006.

Sound Recordings/Magnetic Media/Optical Media

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). Videotape Preservation Fact Sheets.

Library of Congress. Cylinder, Disc, and Tape Care in a Nutshell. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002.

National Park Service. ConservOGrams.

St. Laurent, Gilles. The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials. Washington, DC: Commission on Preservation and Access, 1991, revised 1996.

Session 6: Reformatting and Treatment