and reading with minimum damage. If
Mylar is too expensive, acid-free archival
paper folders are available. Place the
folders flat in acid-free boxes.
2. Unfold newspapers just to their
major left-hand fold - you should only
be able to see all of the front page -and
store in acid-free map folders or Mylar
sleeves. If you have map drawers, store
the papers in them, or use archival boxes
in the appropriate size (Fig. 1).
3. Store artifacts in a cool, dark
place. The boxes should provide the
darkness required; you need to provide
the cool, dry place. Don't store under
basement or attic steps, or in a hot attic or Fig. 1. Newspapers should be stored unfolded in acid-free folders or Mylar sleeves. Photo courtesy of the
garage! Use a closet or place under your Texas Memorial Museum.
bed if necessary, but only if there is adequate
air circulation. Try to avoid storing
in rolls. The pieces could be accidentally
crushed, and will crack when they are unrolled
after they have been stored this way
for any length of time.
4. Mat art in museum quality acidfree
board with stable reversible hinges2
(do not use adhesive tape!), and frame if
possible. If you don't want to frame, store
the matted art in archival boxes or map
drawers -flat, of course. If you can't
mat, at the very least use acid-free tissue
between pieces (Fig. 2).
5. Hang pictures away from the Fig. 2. Store prints in archival acid-free boxes. Photo courtesy of the Texas Memorial Museum.
light. Even indirect light can be damaging.
Figure 3 shows the best locations to
hang artwork. The window wall (which is \/ / l '
the darkest wall since the windows are in
it) is the best location for the most light- / \ \
sensitive artifacts to be hung, such as pastels,
charcoals, watercolors, and some Ok /
hand-colored lithographs. The wall di-
rectly opposite a window is the worst
place to hang an artifact, as it receives the
greatest amount of light. Of course, we /
can't always control the location of win- \
dows in a room. To compensate, and as Ok 1 0/
good standard practice, use UV filter- \ /
ing plexiglass in your frame as further \
protection. l__ _
6. Change the location of framed
pictures, or "rest" them on a regular /ad
basis. This limits the amount of exposure
they will receive at any one time, and Fig. 3. Looking down into a room with a window in the top wall. Arrows indicate the light path, and suitability
gives you something new to look at. of locations for displaying artifacts is indicated on each wall. Photo courtesy of the Texas Memorial Museum.
Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 2, Number 3, Summer 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45444/. Accessed September 2, 2015.