Effects to Archival Materials

Updated January 3, 2009


Info from Australian National Film and Sound Archive




In response to the flooding in the Midwest, Heritage Preservation has released a free, online video guide to coping with water damage. This 10-minute streaming video segment from the award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response provides  professional advice to help libraries, museums, and archives salvage damaged collections. Households hoping to rescue family treasures can also use the easy-to-follow information.   

Watch the video at www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/WaterSegmentFG.HTM.

Water is by far the most common cause of damage to cultural and research collections, and the video combines hands-on demonstrations of salvage techniques with straightforward advice from leading preservation experts. Practical tips on safety, simple equipment, and salvage priorities help the viewer get started on the rescue of photographs, books, documents, and other valued items.                                            

Heritage Preservation and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force have other helpful resources for the cultural heritage community, general public, and media at www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TFcurrent.html.