Course:3: Processing
Lesson:Lesson 3: Preservation
Topic:Audio and Video Magnetic Tapes

Audio and Video Magnetic Tapes


  • Handle only by the housing supports.
  • Never touch tape surfaces.
  • Assure proper threading and mounting on playback equipment.
  • Rewind with even tension.
  • Minimize tape handling at all times.
  • Take care not to drop tapes or cassettes.
  • Avoid contamination of the tape by dirt, dust, food, cigarette smoke, and airborne pollutants.

Processing Tasks

  • Rewind tapes completely .
  • Store in labeled, protective, inert plastic containers.

tapes in box


For a bibilography of links about video preservation resources click here.

For a bibliography of links about audio preservation resources, click here.

To learn more about Microfilm and Microfiche from NEDCC, click here.

See also Kodak publication D-31, Storage and Preservation of Microfilms (Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 14650)