Preservation

What to Do About Moldy or Insect-infested Family Papers and Photographs

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.

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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

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