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A brand new and fully updated edition of this seminal work on archival preservation.
Access to archival material – the documentary heritage of people all over the world that gives them their identity and ensures their rights – is dependent on the survival of fragile materials: paper, parchment, photographic materials, audiovisual materials and, most recently, magnetic, optical and increasingly digital formats. The primary importance of such survival is widely acknowledged but sometimes overlooked in a rush to provide ever better means of access. But without the basic material, no services can be offered. Preservation is at the heart of archival activity.
Archivists in all types of organizations face questions on how to plan a preservation strategy in less than perfect circumstances, or deal with a sudden emergency. This book considers the causes of threats to the basic material, outlines the preservation options available and offers flexible solutions applicable in a variety of situations. It offers a wide range of case studies and examples from international specialists.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing archive preservation 2. Understanding archive materials and their characteristics 3. Managing digital preservation 4. Archive buildings and their characteristics 5. Safeguarding the building and its contents 6. Managing archival storage 7. Managing risks and avoiding disaster 8. Creating and using surrogates 9. Moving the records 10. Exhibiting archives 11. Handling the records 12. Managing a pest control programme 13. Training and the use of volunteers 14. Putting preservation into practice
Helen Forde is a professional archivist who has worked in local authority, private and national archives.
Jonathan Rhys-Lewis is preservation and collections management consultant with over 25 years experience within local government and as an independent consultant.