storage

Photograph and Document Encapsulation Slides

These slides are an introduction to using encapsulation as a method of storage for two-dimensional items. This information is helpful understanding when encapsulation is beneficial to items in your collections, supplies needed, and different types methods. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Physical Preservation Slides

These slides are an introduction to general physical preservation for your collections, with some format-specific information. This information is helpful for a beginner's understanding to preservation including terminology, risks, environment, storage and handling, formats, and further resources. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Cheat Sheet for Making Museum Storage Boxes

In this document, conservator Rebecca Elder provides instructions on how to design, cut and assemble corrugated boxes and dividers for artifact storage. These instructions supplements the hands-on session, "Custom Boxes and Dividers for Artifacts" Elder gave at the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Folding Garments for Housing Collections [Tutorial]

In this video, Susan Heald, Textile Conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian, demonstrates how to fold garments for flat housing in collections. Heald discusses the materials needed to fold garments, how to set up a garment before folding it, and how to build padding to help in the folding process. This tutorial was recorded at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 10-13, 2016.

How to Build a Sink Mat for Preserving Photographs [Tutorial]

In this video, Amanda Maloney, Associate Photograph and Paper Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, provides a detailed demonstration on how to build a sink mat for preserving photographs. Maloney reviews the materials needed and steps to build the sink mat, and offers a couple of options on how to safely take the photographs out of the sink mat. This tutorial supplements the session, "Best Practices and Practical Solutions for Storing and Exhibiting Photographs" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Soft Storage and Packing: Polystyerene

In this video, Marilen Pool, Project Conservator at the Arizona State Museum, discusses why polystyerene foam and hard plastic – both commonly available products – are not the best materials to use in a museum collection. This tutorial supplements the session “Materials for Soft Storage and Packing” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Soft Storage and Packing: Muslin

In this video, Gina Watkinson, Laboratory Coordinator at the Arizona State Museum, discusses the use of muslin fabric in museum collections for storage and packing. Some of the topics covered include: how to make pillows, inserts and cavity cuts with muslin, how to wash muslin, and how to use muslin as a cover for garments and other objects. This tutorial supplements the session “Materials for Soft Storage and Packing” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Soft Storage and Packing: Polyethylene Foam

In this video, Nancy Odegaard, Conservator and Head of Preservation at the Arizona State Museum, discusses the use of polyethylene foam for soft packing and storage ideas in museum collections. Odegaard provides examples of the different materialites, varieties, and uses of polyethylene foam for storing objects in museums. This tutorial supplements the session “Materials for Soft Storage and Packing” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Creating Supportive Inserts for Baskets [Tutorial]

In this video, Nicole Grabow, Objects Conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center, demonstrates how to work with baskets that need support or inserts, describing how each basket presents unique handing and preservation challenges. Grabow shows how to create three different types of supports for baskets: a basket ring, an ethafoam insert, and a sewn soft Tyvek insert. This tutorial supplements Grabow's session, "Creating supportive inserts for baskets" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Rolling Textiles for Housing Collections [Tutorial]

In this video, Susan Heald, Textile Conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian, demonstrates how to roll flat textiles for storage. Some of the topics covered include: handling textiles, materials needed for rolling textiles, how to set up the textile before rolling it, and how to protect and secure the textile roll for storage. This tutorial was recorded at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 10-13, 2016.