At Memories Renewed, the projects we receive come in all different shapes, sizes, and sometimes, conditions. At times, customers raise questions about the state of items being sent.  What if my pictures are stuck to an album? Mold? Water/fire damage? Our commitment is to provide you with the best digitized version of your submitted original and offer digital restoration if desired.

Once you have your items digitized it unlocks your long-term viewing options for the future.  But we know that holding a physical photo, slide or film reel in your hand can hold a great amount of sentimental value as well. As a partner in helping you preserve your media, here are some tips from the National Archives on how to effectively store your photos/negatives, film, slides to prevent damage.

Step One:

Digitize – You are never too late to make a digital copy of what you have. If you have already made digital copies of your media, congratulations, a big part of having your memories saved for future viewing is done! If not, contact us, we can help.

Step Two:

Organization can feel overwhelming with all the storage options out there.  Here are some suggestions from the National Archives on finding the appropriate storage containers for your media.

  • Photo Boxes with spacers to help with organization and/or photo albums that have plastic sleeves to hold the pictures/slides/negatives without damaging the contents are a safe way to keep materials organized.
  • Avoid albums that have adhesive or magnetic properties.
  • Make sure all items fit and do not overstuff a box or pocket to prevent bends, creases or tearing upon removal.
  • The materials that are touching your pictures, whether in an album or storage box, should be lignin-free and acid-free, or if you are placing them in albums, the photos are in sleeves made of stable plastics such as polyester, polypropylene or polyethylene.

Step 3:

Location, Location, Location.

Avoid areas in your home that have large temperature swings like an attic, or that may hold a lot of moisture such as a basement or outbuilding.

The optimal climate to store various forms of media would be one with humidity below 65% and the temperatures below 75 degrees.  This helps prevent mold growth and insects.  A higher temperature can promote mold growth and the beginning of the temperature chemical decay.

We hope that these tips will help you on your journey of preserving the past!  To learn more visit:

https://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives/storing