How to Properly Store Antique Documents


Know Your DIY Don'ts

If you're the DIY type and have plenty of space to store your documents, you may want to archive them closer to home. Your best bet, unless you have a specially built room dedicated to storing such things, is a closet. The one in which you store out-of-season clothes is ideal because you aren't likely to accidentally damage the documents through daily contact. Plus, when you rotate your clothes for the season, you can make it a point to assess the documents for damage or deterioration. Keep in mind, however, that if you'll end up stacking sports equipment or last year's tax returns on top of your family heirlooms, a closet's really no better than anyplace else -- which defeats the purpose of protecting your precious documents in the first place.

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Sources

  • Federal Citizen Information Center. "Keeping Family Household Records." Pueblo.gsa.gov. (July 21, 2010)http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/money/keeprecords/keeprecords.htm
  • Gallagher, Stephanie. "Who Needs a Safe-Deposit Box?" Kiplinger's Personal Finance. (July 21, 2010)http://books.google.com/books?id=fwcEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA58&ots=DYVcWTyt3d&dq=%22Who%20Needs%20a%20Safe-Deposit%20Box%3F%22%20Kiplingers&pg=PA58#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • Heritage Photographs. "Preservation: How Do I Store My Old Family Photos." HeritagePhotos.com. (July 22, 2010)http://www.heritagephotos.com/preservation.html
  • National Archives. "General Guidance." Archives.gov. (July 21, 2010)http://www.archives.gov/preservation/holdings-maintenance/general-guidance.html#repairs

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