How to Preserve Family Archives (papers and photographs)
What to Do About Mold or Insect Infestation
If your books, papers, or photographs are infested with insects
Isolate infested materials, so the insects don’t spread. Insects can be difficult to eradicate. Consider the value of the item and if it can be replaced such as a mass market book. Consult a conservator about valuable or sentimental items that are infested with pests.
Learn more about this at:
- Northeast Document Conservation Center - Integrated Pest Management
- Integrated Pest Management Working Group - Solutions
Help! My books, papers, or photographs are moldy
Mold can be a health hazard to people, so limit handling of the moldy items. Remove the source of water or high humidity so the mold stops growing.
Consider the value of the item and if it can be easily replaced. Consult a conservator to have valuable or sentimental items treated.
Learn more about treating mold at: Northeast Document Conservation Center - Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper