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Preserving

History

Preserving Collections in the Church History Department

Instructional Videos

The Church History Library and the Church History Museum house a substantial collection of irreplaceable artifacts. Each item has been professionally cared for and stored, but their value isn’t just in their existence, it’s in their use. Learn the techniques Church History specialists use to preserve the collection so that, when it’s your turn to view these treasures, you’ll be prepared to do so wisely.

Housing


Housing refers to the containers in which artifacts should be stored to ensure long-term preservation. Learn appropriate methods for storing books, documents, photographs, paintings, and other artifacts.

Preservation Housing for Electronic Media

From records to CDs and floppy discs to microfilm, learn how to store electronic media in a way that ensures their preservation.
 

Proper Housing of Photographs

There are all kinds of photographs and all kinds of ways to store them. Learn what the professionals do here.
 

Proper Housing for Textiles

Textiles are cloth or woven fabric. Do you have textiles you would like to preserve? Learn how to house and store them properly.
 

Proper Housing for Paintings

Do you have paintings you would like to preserve? Learn how to house and store them properly.
 

Proper Housing for Objects

Valuable historical objects include artifacts, statues, etc. Do you have historical objects you would like to preserve? Learn how to house and store them properly.
 

Proper Housing for Books and Paper Documents

How to properly house books and paper documents to prevent them from becoming damaged.
 
 

Handling


Proper handling of artifacts promotes preservation. Different artifacts require different handling procedures. Learn appropriate ways to clean collections and to handle books, documents, photographs, paintings, and other artifacts.

Proper Handling of Electronic Media

What’s on your desk? If you’re working with electronic media, the answer matters.
 

Proper Handling of Books, Documents, and Photographs

To glove or not to glove? Find the answer to that question and more here.
 

Proper Handling of Objects and Textiles

Proper handling of historic objects and textiles is critical to preserving their life. Learn how to handle them properly.
 

Proper Handling of Paintings

Proper handling of paintings is critical to preserving their life. Learn how to handle them properly.
 
 


Environment


Ensuring artifacts are stored in the right environment will facilitate the long life of the artifacts. These two videos explain how temperature, humidity, and light levels will affect artifacts. Learn how to control these environmental factors to increase the life of artifacts.

 

Sharing Collections Safely

 


Historic collections have more meaning when they are shared. However, sharing incurs risk to artifacts. Learn best ways to exhibit, ship, and share artifacts securely.

 

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