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Specific Format Preservation

Photos, Newspapers, Books, Scrapbooks and Digital Files

Photographs

Check our general preservation practices page.  

Handle properly

  • Hold photographs by the edges, and avoid touching the emulsion surface.
  • Use clean, lint-free gloves when handling important photographs. 

Frame and display properly

  • Frame photos carefully using acid-free matting to prevent them from touching the glass.
  • Use acid-free backing as well as ultraviolet light-filtering glass, and face framed photographs away from direct light sources to minimize light damage.
  • Photographs are especially sensitive to light, so display a copy instead of the original if you can. 

Identify your photos

  • Note the date, place, event and names of people in each image.
  • Do not use ink around photographs. Use a soft pencil to mark the enclosure or page.
  • If it is necessary to mark the photograph itself, write with a soft pencil along the edge on the back of the photograph. 

Keep your negatives

These are your original master copies and can be used repeatedly to make reprints.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.