Sharing Storage Solutions
This website provides information and tools so that institutions of all types, sizes and resource levels can learn how to create safe and appropriate storage solutions. These solutions were written by and for collection care professionals in all fields. In some cases there are multiple examples to demonstrate that there is no single best solution for storage, it is about meeting the needs for your collection, in your space with your resources. Together we can build a resource where varied solutions are presented for adaptation and use across our field.
Why Improve Storage?
The 2005 Heritage Health Index Survey found that 89% of all collection holding institutions had inadequate storage facilities, citing problems ranging from lack of space to inappropriate environments. 65% of all institutions reported damage due to improper storage. Improving the physical conditions in storage is a highly effective and easily achievable way to substantially boost overall preservation.
How To Use This Site
Articles on this site are organized by storage configurations rather than discipline-specific techniques. This is designed to stimulate the user to transfer and adapt the methods developed for one type of collection to another. The Resources section of the site provides helpful tools for sourcing and constructing storage solutions. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the top menu bar to search using keywords.
NEW on STASH
- Northwestern University Library Boxing Protocol
- Clamshell Box with Interior Shelf and Scavengers for Fragile Metal Object
- Mylar Preservation Rollers for East Asian Scrolls
- Annotating Images with a Smartphone App
- Dual Purpose Mounts for Folding Fans
- Vertical Storage for Small Robust Archaeological Objects
- Panoramic Photograph Housing
- Hanging Storage for Oversized Rolled Objects
- Storage for Buttons, Pins and Badges
- Cavity Supports for Objects with Protruding Bottom Elements
- Drop-Front Box: No-Glue, Folded-Tab Style
- Drop-Front Box: Tabbed Style
- Storage and Transport of Inuit gut parkas
- Packing Rare Audio Content
- Interlocking Grid System
- Envelope Style String and Button Closure for Drop Front Boxes
- Creating a Custom Enclosure for Oversized Rolled Graphic Recordings
- Padded Insert for Pre-Columbian Tunic
- A Textile-Hanging System Composed of Readily Available Hardware Materials
- Supporting Old Bones, Storage Jackets for Oversize Dinosaur Bones
- Tyvek & Polyester Needle Felt Moccasins Inserts
- From Heel to Toe: The Costume Institute Shoe Rehousing Project
- Shank Support Mount for High Heeled Shoes
- Internal Support Mount for Shoes
- Making East Asian Scroll Storage Boxes
- The Elephantine in the Stacks: Oversize Storage for Flat Materials
- Backer Rod Foam Pot Rings
- Tri-Rod Foam Pot Rings
- Tyvek Covered Bean Bags
- Bumper Tray Inserts
- Bead Counter Inserts
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