How To Preserve Your Autographs

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How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by autographgirl » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:49 am

Thank You R.S.V.P! You gave such a good explanation I thought I'd make it a sticky!

Here are some tips that will help to protect your collection from irreversable damage:

- Keep your collection in the dark in a cool dry place. Heat and humidity contribute to the destruction of paper, especially paper containing acid from wood pulp. Light fades many inks (especially felt-tip) and browns the paper.

- Do not store autographs in a fireproof safe. The humidity level in the safe is high in order to protect documents in a fire. Unfortunatelly that level is too high, and it will eventually damage your autographs.

- Store autographs only in Mylar “D” polyester or cellulose acetate folders, and put them in an archival acid-free box. Never use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) folders. They can be identified by their strong “plastic” odor. Use only acid-free paper insert; the black paper inserts included with some sheet protectors are highly acidic and will destroy your autographs.

- Avoid repairing paper will cellophane (“Scotch”) or masking tape. The adhesive will damage and eventually destroy the paper. If a repair is necessary, use only archival paper mending tissue. Better yet, seek expert help

- Remove paper clips and staples from multipage documents, because they cause rust stains.

- You can usually remove old paper documents glued down to album pages by soaking them in lukewarm water, but don’t use this method on vellum or parchment documents, documents written in aniline ink, or modern documents

- Avoid framing valuable autographs. But if you insists on framing an autograph, use only acid-free matting materials and UF3 Plexiglas or museum glass. The autograph should never be pasted or taped down in any way. Mylar “D” or other acid-free mounting corners should be used to keep the item from shifting in the frame

- Display them away from direct sunlight, fluorescent lighting, and sources of heat (such as radiators)

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Please Help Me!!!

Post by The Hunter » Thu May 03, 2007 1:00 pm

Can anyone show me by a picture how your keep your autographs? For example the folders, types of folders or frames, etc.

Can anyone??

Thank you very much!!!
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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by scouser#1 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:52 am

hi whats the best way to keep your autographs safe im buying a folder soon to put them all in {up} where can i get that acid proof whatever it is from to keep my autos safe {thumb2}

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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by MW1221 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:42 pm

What about Ziplock bags?

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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by dgangel » Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:36 pm

MW1221 wrote:What about Ziplock bags?



no, moisture will form in the bag, and will ruin your autographs.

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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by superdave » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:32 am

I just use cardboard folders because they're the cheapest, they've all done alright so far, but should I look for something else for the longer term?

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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by alexandra » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:39 am

I was wondering if putting them in (clear plasic covers) I cant remember what they are called at the moment..but you know? If I put the autographs in there and put them in a binder would they be allright?
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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by cernan » Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:14 pm

alexandra wrote:I was wondering if putting them in (clear plasic covers) I cant remember what they are called at the moment..but you know? If I put the autographs in there and put them in a binder would they be allright?


That would be fine as long as the plastic covers are archival quality and acid free. A general rule of thumb is to make sure that they do not have a "plastic" smell to them. If they do, you shouldn't use them.
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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by alexandra » Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:23 pm

okay thanks Cernan:)
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Re: How To Preserve Your Autographs

Post by fallen_angel » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:12 am

I would just like to add that if you frame your photos dont let the photo touch the glass!!!! Over time the photo will stick to the glass and damage your photograph. Make sure you place a mat in the frame 1st or you can put them in a acid free plastic sleeve and them fram them.
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