Comparison of Drying Methods

Vacuum Freeze-Drying: Advantages

  • Vacuum freeze-drying is the drying method of choice for large quantities of wet materials.
  • It results in the least amount of distortion, precluding the need to re-house or relabel most materials.
  • Freezing immobilizes water to minimize corrosion from metal fasteners and on-going running or bleeding from soluble media.
  • Coated papers do not stick to one another when vacuum freeze-dried.
  • Even items enclosed in plastic need not be removed from  original housings or enclosures, so there is less chance for loss of original order
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Vacuum Freeze-Drying: Disadvantages

  • While advantages generally outweigh disadvantages, vacuum freeze-drying also has downsides.
  •  Access to materials while frozen or during drying is not possible. Your materials may be placed with records belonging to others in the drying chamber, and ownership confusion may result. 
  • While the cost for freeze-drying appears comparable to other processes,  materials must be kept frozen during transport and these associated costs may make freeze-drying small quantities of materials expensive. 
  • Increased delamination in cellulose nitrate coated architectural drawings was noted. 

Refer to CaptionSlide 57 Comparison of Drying Methods Kaplan/Ludwig 2003