Recovery Procedures

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General Information on Drying the Environment and Wet Materials

Comparison of Drying Techniques

The Efficacy of Various Drying Methods by Hilary Kaplan and Kathy Ludwig

Emergency Salvage of Flood-Damaged Family Papers

Fire Recovery: A Case Study by Susan Page

Nuclear, Radiological or Biological Contamination of Archival Records Resulting from a Dirty Bomb or Explosion

Presentations from the 17th NARA Preservation Conference: Lessons Learned in Emergencies (2002)


Paper (documents, maps, posters, photographic prints, and bound volumes)

Bound Volumes with Cloth or Paper Covers

Bound Volumes with Leather or Vellum Bindings

Bound Volumes with Coated (glossy) Paper


Photographic Film (negatives, transparencies, motion pictures, microfilm)

Recovery of Film by Roger Markham

Emergency Recovery and Response: Microfilm

Emergency Recovery and Response: Microfiche

Emergency Recovery and Response: Motion Picture Film


Audio, Video, Magnetic and Electronic Media

Damage Mitigation and Recovery: Magnetic Media by Peter Brothers

Emergency Recovery and Response: Phonographic Disks (vinyl, shellac and acetate disks)

Emergency Recovery and Response: Magnetic Media - Floppy Disks/Diskettes

Emergency Recovery and Response: Electronic Media - Hard Drives

Emergency Recovery and Response: Optical Media - CD/DVD

Emergency Recovery and Response: Magnetic Tapes - Audio, Video and Data Storage Tape


Artifacts (3-dimensional objects)

Objects Recovery, Mitigation by Jerry Podany