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NEDCC Preservation Leaflets

NEDCC’s Preservation Services department provides free preservation advice to institutions and individuals worldwide. The Center provides Preservation Leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics and links to additional resources.

The Leaflets are being updated on a regular basis and new leaflets will be added on additional topics. If you would like to receive notification when a new or updated Leaflet has been released, please join NEDCC’s E-List. As leaflets are updated, PDF copies will be available for download at no cost. The current collection of NEDCC Preservation Leaflets is an updated version of NEDCC’s Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual, last issued in book form as the 3rd edition, 1999.


    1. Planning and Prioritizing

    1. What Is Preservation Planning?
    2. Preservation Assessment and Planning
    3. The Needs Assessment Survey
    4. Considerations for Prioritizing
    5. Collections Policies and Preservation
    6. Priority Actions for Preservation
    7. Preservation Planning: Select Bibliography
    8. Preservation Concerns in Building Design: Select Bibliography

    2. The Environment

    1. Temperature, Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality: Basic Guidelines for Preservation
    2. Monitoring Temperature and Relative Humidity Updated
    3. Getting Function from Design: Making Systems Work
    4. Protection from Light Damage Updated
    5. Protecting Paper and Book Collections During Exhibition
    6. Low Cost/No Cost Improvements in Climate Control

    3. Emergency Management

    1. Protection from Loss: Water and Fire Damage, Biological Agents, Theft, and Vandalism
    2. An Introduction to Fire Detection, Alarm, and Automatic Fire Sprinklers
    3. Disaster Planning
    4. Worksheet for Outlining a Disaster Plan
    5. Emergency Management Bibliography
    6. Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records
    7. Emergency Salvage of Wet Photographs
    8. Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper Updated
    9. Protecting Collections During Renovation
    10. Integrated Pest Management
    11. Collections Security: Planning and Prevention for Libraries and Archives
    12. Freezing and Drying Wet Books and Records

    4. Storage and Handling

    1. Storage Methods and Handling Practices Updated
    2. Storage Furniture: A Brief Review of Current Options
    3. Cleaning Books and Shelves Updated
    4. Storage Enclosures for Books and Artifacts on Paper
    5. Protecting Books with Custom-Fitted Boxes
    6. Card Stock Enclosures for Small Books
    7. The Book Shoe: Description and Uses
    8. Polyester Film Book Jacket
    9. Storage Solutions for Oversized Paper Artifacts
    10. Matting and Framing for Art and Artifacts on Paper

    5. Photographs

    1. A Short Guide to Film Base Photographic Materials: Identification, Care, and Duplication Updated
    2. Types of Photographs
    3. Care of Photographs Updated
    4. Creating Long-Lasting Inkjet Prints
    5. Preservation of Photographs: Select Bibliography
    6. Storage Enclosures for Photographic Materials

    6. Reformatting

    1. Microfilm and Microfiche
    2. Duplication of Historical Negatives
    3. Digital Technology Made Simpler
    4. The Relevance of Preservation in a Digital World
    5. Digital Preservation
    6. Preservation and Selection for Digitization
    7. Outsourcing and Vendor Relations
    8. Digital Preservation Readiness Webliography
    9. Selected Cultural Heritage Digitization Bibliography

    7. Conservation Procedures

    1. Guidelines for Library Binding
    2. Surface Cleaning of Paper
    3. Repairing Paper Artifacts
    4. How to Do Your Own Matting and Hinging
    5. Conservation Treatment for Works of Art and Unbound Artifacts on Paper
    6. Conservation Treatment for Bound Materials of Value
    7. Choosing and Working with a Conservator
    8. Removal of Damaging Fasteners from Historic Documents



    Each year, NEDCC answers more than 1,200 phone and email inquiries about general preservation issues ranging from insect infestation to basic conservation methods to sources of preservation suppliers. If you have a question, contact NEDCC staff.