Preserving letters for future generations
This is a blog by Sally Jacobs, who is an archivist, and her site has lots of information about archiving (as you would expect!) http://practicalarchivist.com/ . She has several practical articles, and an online store. Thanks Sally for the great information!
The National Archives of Aust. here: http://www.naa.gov.au/records-management/agency/preserve/physical-preservation/index.aspx has some great information on records preservation that is definitely worth reading first, and is the most comprehensive. They have information on everything from paper to gramophone discs and magnetic media. This will prove useful for my wedding tape, which is on the old reel to reel tape!
- Paper can be preserved beautifully for generations in simple acid free paper and boxes.
- Don't keep them in plastic folders as older paper can "cook" in these. (even archive quality).
- Much more important than any sleeve is WHERE you put the box. Keeping it somewhere with the most level temperature and humidity possible is important. Top shelf of the closet is often the best place.