What Cold Storage Is and Why We Need It

This video explains the need for cold storage by shows old film clips of National Parks, while conservators Theresa Voelenger and Jenny Barton introduce the training program. This image shows an example of X-Ray films This image shows an example of Motion picture films

Presentation Transcript:
The purpose of this program is to provide a basic understanding of cold storage and explain how to implement it for long-term preservation of film-based photographic collections. Cold storage provides a stable environment for film-based materials, extends their longevity and preserves them for future use. Research proves that cold storage environments can add hundreds of years of life to film-based materials that are near or at the point where deterioration is occurring. Therefore, it is vital to consider cold storage now before visual history is lost. (37 SEC)

The NPS cold storage project is focused on the preservation of cellulose film-based materials. Cold storage may be implemented using freezers or vaults. For smaller collections, you may want to consider using a standard household upright freezer. However, for larger collections, it becomes more cost efficient to consider using a vault. (20 SEC)

The following program provides information to help you better understand and identify the needs of your film-based photographic collections; it includes an overview of the filmidaration and packaging processes and each segment of the program includes links to supplemental documents with more detailed information on relevant topics. (22 SEC)

Why is cold storage important?

  • Extends the longevity of film-based photographic materials
  • Can add hundreds of years to the life of films
  • Preserves visual history

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