Dear Kurt and Diane,
Our Preservation Officer requested me to reply to questions 1 and 2 which you posted to the ARSCLIST.
All lighting in an archival repository is filtered for UV radiation, and generally the amount is kept low when not needed for a particular task. Materials to avoid are detailed in a publication you can download from our homepage www.nara.gov From here click on the Archives & Preservation Resources heading, when there choose the Technical Information heading, and under here you will find Preservation, and there you will find an article on building Archives II.
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I am about to start construction on a 6000 sq ft building for my business,
and I have a couple of questions for the list.
1) Is there a preferred type of lighting for archives? Something that won't
cause objects to fade or discolor?
2) Again from an archivists' point of view, are there certain materials I
should avoid? This will be a metal building with metal framing & sheetrock.
3) I will be including a transfer studio. Are there specific things I need
to plan for? Anything special concerning electrical wiring? I won't be
recording live music, only doing transfers from discs and cylinders. Any
need for acoustic foam?
I know these are general questions, but I don't know enough to ask anything
really specific. However, some of you have been in my position and may know
of things that I need to be aware of.
Kurt & Diane Nauck
c/o Nauck's Vintage Records
6323 Inway Dr.
Spring, TX 77389-3643
Phone: (281) 370-7899
Fax: (425) 930-6862
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