Storing our records

Airconditioned storage for paper-based records.

Airconditioned storage for paper-based records.

The Archives has storage facilities across Australia and our holdings are growing. Record storage is a vital component of good records management and is one of our key preservation strategies.

The Standard for the Physical Storage of Commonwealth Records specifies optimum requirements for the physical storage of Commonwealth records of archival value, to ensure their long-term preservation. It gives levels and limits for temperature, humidity, pollutants and light. The standard covers all types of archive media including documents, volumes, maps and plans, photographs, microforms and audio-visual material. It gives requirements relating to all aspects of storage: building, storage room, storage furniture and boxes.

The standard represents what we consider 'best practice' for archival storage. As such it can be used as a guideline for anyone wishing to safely store archival materials.

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