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Re: [AV Media Matters] Containers for long-term storage ofmedia

Careful with safes. I looked at some once which stated clearly on the
that they were suitable for documents only and not designed to protect
media. They did not specify why, however.

Joe Salerno
Video Works! Is it working for you?
PO Box 273405 - Houston TX 77277-3405
----- Original Message -----
From: "scott campbell" <scottcampbell@adidam.org>
To: "AV Media Matters" <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 5:30 PM
Subject: [AV Media Matters] Containers for long-term storage of media

> Friends,
> What would be the ramifications of storing large numbers of videotape,
> audiotape, data tape in fire-proof containers/safes over the longterm?
> (Apart from the great expense involved). I am thinking of the 125
> 2-hour rated type.
> I have long assumed (and must have read somewhere in the past) that
> off-gassing from the media, as well as the possibility of increasing
> already resident mold in older tapes, makes this proposition not good,
> even detrimental, for long-term viability of tape media. Due in part
> the lack of circulation and refreshment of the air in these
> air-tight containers. (I assume the same would also be true, perhaps
> even more so, for film media of all types.)
> Is this in fact true?
> Is there any test data on this, or hard-won experiential reports among
> you all or that you could point me to about this?
> Can someone explain in more technical detail why doing this would or
> would not be recommended.
> Thanks.
> Scott Campbell
> Director of Archives
> Eleutherian Pan-Communion of Adidam
> 12040 N. Seigler Road
> Middletown, CA 95461
> 707-928-1111

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