8x10" and non-standard format negative storing

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How do you store 8x10" negatives and non-standard format negatives (e.g. 5x12"/12x30cm)? Thanks.

-- David Balihar (balihar@email.cz), May 09, 2001


The 8 x 10 negs are easy. There are many commercially available archival negative carriers that go in 3 ring binders or file cabinets. I have seen glassine negative envelopes as large at 16 x 20. Don't know the source for those. Light Impressions would be a good source to check for storage of these size negatives.

-- Joe Lipka (JoeLipka@compuserve.com), May 09, 2001.

David, there are a bunch of different ways to do this, it all depends on what your definiton of "archival" is(which I won't go into here..) That said, a few mail order suppliers are The Hollinger Corp. (1-800-634-0491), Metal Edge Inc. (1-800-862-2228), University Products, Gaylord Bros., Conservation Resources Int'l., and Light Impressions. These are a few of the big archival storage suppliers. If you're just looking for basic sleeving material, check out the Filmgurad Corp. website:


Go to the Pro-Line division (used to be run by Kleer-Vu). Pro Line makes some nice sleeves, in sizes up to 20x24 as locking sleeves in uncoated polypropylene (unfrosted). You can order direct from the factory, although Calumet carries Pro Line materials as well. Conservation Resources has some real nice filing systems for sheet films & plates, as does LI and Gaylord and the rest. Hollinger, and CRI and others will also custom make polyester (Mylar D--the best material for film storage in normal conditions) sleeves in whatever sizes you need. And you can always just buy a roll (or cut sheets) of Mylar D and make the sleeves yourself. I would avoid glasseine for long term storage, though.

-- DK Thompson (kthompson@moh.dcr.state.nc.us), May 10, 2001.

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