Course:3: Processing
Lesson:Lesson 3: Preservation
Topic:Some Basic Rules for Handling Materials During Processing

Some Basic Rules for Handling Materials During Processing

  • Take time to handle records properly and handle them as little as possible.
  • Records being processed should be returned to storage when they are not being processed for an extended period of time, even overnight.
  • Label folders using Number 2 pencil (not pens!) or with computer-generated labels as long as the labels do NOT come into contact with the records.
  • Keep hands, supplies, equipment, and work areas clean.
  • Keep food and drink out of work areas.
  • Use archival quality supplies whenever possible.
  • Different formats will require different handling; make sure you understand proper preservation techniques for the material.

Learn More at NEDCC "Storage Methods and Handling Practices"

Archival quality boxes
Use archival quality supplies and keep everything clean.

 folder and #2 pencil
Always label folders with a number 2 pencil.