Part of the Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives S. series
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 and optical 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 the heart of archival activity. Archivists in all types of organizations face questions of how to plan a preservation strategy in less than perfect circumstances, or deal with a sudden emergency.
This practical 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.
Benefiting from the author's contact with international specialists at The National Archives, it offers a wide range of case studies and examples. Key topics are: understanding archive materials and their characteristics; managing digital preservation; archive buildings and their characteristics; safeguarding the building and its contents; managing archival storage; managing risks and avoiding disaster; setting up a conservation workshop; moving the records; exhibiting archives; handling the records; managing a pest control programme; using and creating surrogates; and, putting preservation into practice.
This is a vital handbook for professional archivists, but also for the many librarians, curators and enthusiasts, trained and untrained, in museums, local studies centres and voluntary societies in need of good clear advice.