You can extend the life of your family’s papers, photographs, and heirlooms by following basic guidelines for care and storage. Here are some sources for more information on how to care for your collections.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports American libraries and museums and promotes best practices for care of library and museum materials. Their website includes guides for caring for different types of objects and materials. http://www.imls.gov/collections/resources/index.htm
The Conservation Department at Minnesota Historical Society offers practical guidelines on preservation considerations, including storage containers, handling practices, displaying items, and format-based tips for paper, textiles, ceramics, metals, plant and animal materials, glass, plastics, and more. http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/connectingmn/CollectionCare.php
Note: This is a partial list of resources available for information concerning the care and preservation of objects, documents, and photographs. The information is provided as a service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any organization, agency, web site or product.