Planning Considerations for Cold Storage in Museums

Planning Considerations for Cold Storage in Museums

Planning Considerations for Cold Storage in Museums

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1. Assess Collection

3. Determine where items will be stored.

2. Develop a usage policy/ procedure.

4. Create a plan for moving to cold storage.

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Cold storage is essential for the long-term preservation of film and other materials that tend to deteriorate quickly. But cold storage also presents a number of challenges, including how to assess and organize collections, how to plan and implement a move, and how to make the most effective use of expensive cooler or freezer space.

What Needs to be Stored in Coll or Cold Conditions

  • Negative (glass plate negatives, sheet film, or roll film
  • Slides (or any type of transparency)
  • Motion picture film and videotape
  • Microfilm and microfiche
  • X-ray film
  • Photographic prints