Manuscripts and Special Collections

Further reading

The most up-to-date guidance about safe handling and good preservation techniques for archival material is to be found online. The following are a few useful websites.

British Library Preservation Advisory Centre booklets
The booklets are in downloadable pdf format. They are written for professionals in libraries and archives, but are useful for anyone caring for original records. 

The National Archives: Advice on handling documents

The National Archives: Caring for your own records

The Library of Congress: Caring for your own digital records

Devon Record Office: Stopping the Rot
A guide for people creating or preserving records, e.g. clerks, secretaries, family historians, or members of community archive projects 

Milliken Special Collections: The Care and Handling of Archival Materials (YouTube video) 


The Conservation Register: links to professional conservators

Retailers of conservation and preservation products:


Manuscripts and Special Collections

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