Preservation Tips from the State Archives

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Even in today's digital world, a vast amount of information is only available in books, paper documents, and photographs. Over time, these materials experience wear, aging, and decay. Preservation is the process of providing care so that these items and the information they hold will be available for years to come.

The long-lasting benefits of preservation can be enjoyed by all libraries, museums, and cultural institutions, regardless of size. In fact, basic preservation efforts do not require big investments of staff and resources. Small steps taken today can make a big difference decades down the road.

The resources presented here support preservation activities in book- and paper-based collections. While the primary focus is on smaller institutions, individuals may also discover useful information about caring for personal treasures.

These resources will grow in response to our users' needs. If you identify specific preservation issues or challenges for which you would like more information, please contact us at 512-463-5455.

Preservation information provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is intended only as a general guideline for collections care. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is not responsible for any damage that might occur in the specific application of this information.

Page last modified: December 10, 2018