Re: How to store zinc and copper etching plates?


Hi Martha, I dealt with rehousing a number of copper printing plates (early 19th century) by cutting pieces of archival matboard slightly larger than the plates and binding three edges together (two shorts and one long) with linen tape to create a “folder.” Then, when inserting the printing plate, I wrap a piece of twill or tying tape around it with two ends sticking out so that you can “pull” the piece out. I store these in archival record album boxes that stand upright, from Gaylord. On the outside of each “folder” I have written the accession number of each piece and printed an image of both the plate and its “positive” print. Would be happy to show you pictures if you’d like!