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[ARSCLIST] Reel-to-reel preservation supplies?
I am working with a large number of reel-to-reel tapes from the 1950s
through 1970s. Some are acetate, but most are mylar/polyester/plastic.
The reels range in size from 3 inches to 7 inches, and almost all are in
their original, consumer-grade housing (plastic reels in cardboard
boxes). They're almost all in very good, playable condition, and we'd
like to keep it that way for as long as possible.
Currently, the tapes are stored in their original boxes on end in
acid-free Paige-style boxes, but we would like a more elegant solution
that is both better for the tapes (especially the acetate ones which, I
understand, are pH sensitive) and easier for us to organize, since the
various sizes make it difficult to keep them in order inside a large box.
Does anyone have any storage ideas, and does anyone know of a supplier
of reels, 'archival' grade boxes for reels, etc.?
I'm already aware that the tapes should be stored tails out, and in a
'library' or similar well-packed wind. I've also been reading a bit
about acetate tapes, so I'm aware they are subject to vinegar syndrome,
just like acetate film. Any other tips, tho, would be welcome!
Thanks in advance, everyone.
Project Archivist, Muskie Archives & Special Collections
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Lewiston, ME 04240-6018