Archival storage conditions


Storage conditions to reduce the rate of decomposition. A proper storage environment is critically important in lengthening the useful life of audio visual materials.

Different types of storage conditions are necessary for the archival storage of collection materials in an audio visual collection. These are grouped as:

General storage information

The goals of good storage are to protect and preserve Collections. Subsidiary requirements include:

  • Security against theft and vandalism, both by staff and intruders;
  • Effective fire suppression systems;
  • Good Housekeeping;
  • Easy Accessibility;
  • Low Light Levels;
  • Sealing against Pollutants;
  • Good Storage Systems; and
  • Very good Environmental Stability.