Reply To: DOCUMENT PROTECTORS. AN INDEX OF SPECS? WHAT IS GOOD WHAT IS EVIL?

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In the UK we are fortunate to have a company providing excellent quality polyester film, which is used as ready made sleeves, as 2-sided sleeves or as roll film cut and heat-welded to shape to form enclosures.  Many museums and archives use www.secol.co.uk/‎  products to house documents and photographs safely and protect them during handling.

Obviously you need to be sure that the surface is stable enough to be placed next to a smooth surface such as polyester. Items where the ink or emulsion is powdery or loose would not be suitable for storage in a material which could carry a static electricity charge. For those an acid-free paper folder would usually be used and unsupervised handling would not be allowed.

University Products  provides archival quality polyester products in the US http://www.universityproducts.com

In the UK in the past we had problems with office supply companies providing clear enclosures which were made of PVC, not polyester. They were readily dete4ctable by the heavier weight of the film and its slightly rubbery feel. A freshly opened package had a distinctive odor as well.

Hope this helps.