Course:5: Access and Outreach
Lesson:Lesson 3: Exhibits and Loans
Topic:Exhibit Cases

Exhibit Cases

Paper based materials must be exhibited in cases. Cases can provide protection against airborne hazards, changes in temperature and humidity, and physical contact by the public.

Cases are often made of wood; but be aware that wood results in a harmful environment for paper based materials. If possible, the better choice for exhibit cases is anodized aluminum or coated steel frames or cases made from plexiglass or glass boxes (with frames on the outside of the case). To learn more about appropriate exhibit cases, click here.  Below is an example of materials mounted properly in an exhibit case.

Rennseler County Historical Society exhibit case

Make sure that the climate, temperature, and humidity are appropriate for the materials being exhibited. You should monitor temperature and humidity in the exhibit area and take appropriate steps to assure that it is the best it can be. We discussed environmental control for historic records in Course 4, and you may wish to refer back to that section.

Plexiglass exhibit case--your best choice