Course:4: Housing Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 1: Assessing and Improving Your Building
Topic:Spaces To Avoid: Attics and Basements


Spaces To Avoid:  Attics and Basements 

Attics are a common and seemingly convenient place to store records, but they are not suitable for archival materials.  If you have records in an attic, click here to find out why it is bad!  

Basements are another common records storage area that should be avoided. If you store records in the basement, click here to find out why it is bad. 

If you must store historic records in the attic or basement, you should take as many precautions as possible to make sure that the records are stored in the best conditions you can provide. Click here to find out what precautions to take. 

Woman with face mask removing records from basement storage

Removing records from basement storage.