Need Suggestions for Source for Archival Presentation (Portfolio) Books?

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by andre_noble|4, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. I have no satisfactory system right now for storing archivally processed B&W and color prints. I'm interested in archivally safe 8x10 or 11x14 type presentation books/portfolios for easy storage and viewing. Please lead me in the right direction. Thanks. Andre
     
  2. Check these links - request catalogs.

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    http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/servlet/OnlineShopping

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    http://www.universityproducts.com/

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    http://www.acecam.com/cr7index.html
     
  3. Andre:

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    For storage purposes I normally use Visual Systems Tru Core Drop-Front
    boxes in 8x10 (8 1/2 x 10 1/2) and 11x14 (11 1/4 x 15). The boxes come
    in 1 1/2" and 3" depths and cost about $8-10 depending on the size.
    According to Visual Systems, Drop-Front Boxes are designed for the
    long-term protection of prints, documents, and artwork. All Drop-Front
    boxes are made of either .060 TrueCore™ board with a pH of 8.5 - 10.0,
    or .055 TrueCore™ board with a pH of 8.0 to 9.5. Both boards are
    buffered with calcium carbonate, 3% reserve. The tan board is
    light-fast and non-bleeding. The black board is pigment-based and
    light-fast. Both boards are acid-free and lignin-free, high
    alpha-cellulose purified pulp. Both pass the P.A.T. These heavyweight
    boxes have metal reinforced edges for added protection. Each box has a
    fully removable cover and a drop-front bottom so the contents can be
    inserted and removed safely, without bending or damage.

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    Visual Systems also makes a wide variety of portfolios and
    presentation binders. If you plan on producing a large number of
    portfolios, however, I would suggest that you make them yourself. The
    process is simple and you can use the same material (True-Core) noted
    above. Pick up a copy of Franz Zier's book "Books, Boxes, And
    Portfolios" (also avilable from Visual Systems).

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    Hope this helps.

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  4. Thanks for the links Wayne. I was hoping that someone may have had
    a similar concern and therefore a specific recommendation for a truly
    archival product too. Andre
     
  5. Beat me to it Dave, thanks! Andre
     
  6. Andre, you might be interested in this site, Conservation OnLine

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    http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/

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    CoOL, has an extensive list of links, lists, suppliers etc. for the
    world of paer & object conservation, museums, archives etc. An
    enclosure should pass the PAT to be considered "safe", but just
    because something is considered safe for one material, is not a
    blanket recommendation for all...i.e. what's good for color, may not
    be so for b&w....in addition to LI, other companies are Gaylord
    Brothers, TALAS, Hollinger, University Products, Archivart, Metal Edge
    and Conservation Resources Int'l. CRI has a pretyy extensive line of
    boards & enclosures that are sort of unique, if not expensive....they
    use a type of "trap" or "barrier" type board, that comes in different
    grades that's good for protection against atmospheric
    pollutants...these run under the names Microchamber and there are
    simialr products like Lig Free II boards etc.....we don't use a whole
    lot of this stuff because it really is quite expensive....but htese
    are sort of more "modern" enclosure designs as compared to a reg.
    Hollinger box. Since I'm talking products & suppliers, let me say:

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    Opinions expressed in this message may not represent the policy of my
    agency.

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    In other words, these are MY opinions.

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    good luck, p.s. if you want to make 'em yourself, just about all these
    companies will sell you the boards, sheets, interleaving tissues,
    polyester tape, ethafoam etc....
     
  7. Mr. Thompson, belated thanks for this tip. Andre
     

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