How We Care for Collections
Care for our collections ensures that they are both available and preserved for the long term.
Paper, images, and artifacts last longest in temperature-controlled storage. Our stacks are maintained at a steady temperature that is monitored regularly. We have a special fire suppression system that keeps water away from collections.
We preserve our collections by using the best possible materials: acid-free folders and boxes for archival collections, clear enclosures or special boxes for books. And we always handle with care!
Digitized collections are easier for researchers to use. When collections are digitized, original materials don’t need to be handled as much. We digitize selections from our collections either in-house or with specialized vendors. Our digital collections are backed up with multiple copies.