Paper Documents

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  • Place paper documents flat on a table to consult them and handle them as little as possible. 
  • Fragile paper documents can be supported on a sheet of acid free paper to prevent further damage from occurring.
  •  If looking through a bundle of documents, carefully handle each document in turn.  Never rifle through a bundle and disturb the order it’s in.  Never try to even up the documents by banging their edges on a table!
  • Store items in acid free folders and boxes. 
  • Newspapers can be highly acidic due to the low grade paper used to produce them.  For this reason, newspaper should be stored away from other items, in an acid free folder or box to prevent the acid migrating to other documents.
  • Photocopies should also be stored in acid free paper or folders as this will help to stop acid migrating.  Photocopies should not be stored in plastic wallets as, over time, the plasticisers break down and will lift the ink off the paper.