Preservation

Archival Formats

This section contains expert yet practical advice on preserving a variety of materials: photographs, negatives, and film; paper and parchment; books and scrapbooks, digital and electronic media; and audio and video tapes and motion pictures.

You can contact preservation@nara.gov with general questions on preventive care. If you need the services of a professional conservator, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) maintains a Conservation Services Referral System and provides helpful Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator.

Photographic Materials

Photographs

Negatives

Microfilm & Microfiche

Paper & Parchment

Books and Scrapbooks

Digital Media

Audio, Video & Motion Picture Film

 

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