August 26, 2013 at 1:59 am #132509
Has anyone compiled or found a list of various document protector sheets as to types mfrs. and what is good and what is bad?
Since we handle many of our collections heavily it is nice to have them protcted.
this item below clains to be ‘archivial’ and non stick etc etc etc… but what is is made from?
Thanks in advance – Ed Sharpe Archvist for SMECC http://www.smecc.org
Arizona’s Communications and Computation Museum
August 26, 2013 at 7:09 am #132518Helena JaeschkeMember
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.
August 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm #132517Jane DalleyParticipant
There is quite a bit of information out there. Here in Canada the Canadian Council of Archives created a short bulletin on archival enclosures for paper records which can be downloaded at http://www.cdncouncilarchives.ca/Paper_Records.pdf . It includes number references for various national/international standards Since it’s about 10 years old, I would check for updates to the standards quoted.
The technical section of the Conservation Resources International website (http://www.conservationresources.com/Main/S%20CATALOG/TechnicalInfo.htm) has a wealth of information on specifications and background info on why they’re important.
Hope this helps,
August 27, 2013 at 7:28 am #132516Sharon F. CoreyParticipant
Isn’t this forum great with all the different ‘takes’ on the posts! I took Ed’s post to say that he is searching for a document that lists all the various types/kinds of sheet protectors (names/manufacturers/product numbers) and their product descriptions/details. I searched through five pages of a Google search yesterday and came up with all kinds of great information that I had never found before. The closest that I got to the information sought was this:
I am sure there was a discussion on this subject in the first course of Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today, Collections Care Basics: Where Do I Begin? in Webinar 3: Storage and Handling with Donia Conn. If you did not participate in this course Ed you can still view the webinars from the entire course as well as access all the great resources and handouts at:
August 27, 2013 at 7:40 am #132515Sharon F. CoreyParticipant
I completely forgot to mention Ed that your idea would be a great document to have. On the Avery website the product description for Avery® Diamond Clear Heavyweight Sheet Protectors 74400, Acid Free, Box of 200
Product Number: 74400 is this:
8-1/2″ x 11″
August 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm #132514Abigail KabakerMember
On this same topic, would one need to be wary of recycled polypropylene products? I believe that some of the normal office store polypropylene sleeves are made from recycled materials. Would this affect the archival safe qualities we attribute to the material?
That dotpattern website is fantastic. I finally have a way to identify the sleeves that were purchased and used before I started working here. On some of them, the only identifiers are that recycling code.
It also makes me feel much better about using the (cheaper than mylar) pp products.
August 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm #132513AnonymousInactive
I would hesitate to use recycled products unless you could verify that all contaminants had been removed.
The Library of Congress provides a list of storage materials they use along with the specifications for those materials. http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/specifications/index.html
The NEDCC preservation leaflets are for providing basic standards and guidelines. http://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/overview
A list of suppliers can be found at http://cool.conservation-us.org/misc/commercial.html#supplier
August 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm #132512BethMember
An archival supply catalog (Gaylord or University Archival Products or Hollinger) should have what you need.
September 12, 2013 at 4:35 am #132511
Thanks folks I have just gotten back to look at the answers! Thanks et me study this…
September 15, 2013 at 3:26 am #132510
has somme good info.. but yes … was looking for a chart with all spcecs rows and coll. mfr, type, part #, etc etc Thansk Ed#
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