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Digital Collection Projects

This guide is designed to assist students with completing digital collection class projects.

Working with archival materials

Here are some tips for handling archival materials.

  • Please wash your hands before handing archival materials.
  • Do not put lotion on your hands prior to using archival materials.
  • Carry archival boxes and folders with both hands.
  • Remove only one folder at a time from an archival box.
  • Open the folder on a table.
  • Turn the pages in a folder carefully.
  • Don’t rush. Take your time turning pages. Older paper is easily ripped because it becomes brittle over time.
  • Do not change the order of the pages in a folder.
  • Do not apply stickie notes to any pages in a folder.
  • Do not write on any of the pages in an archival folder.
  • Acid-free bookmarks will be provided in the Reading Room. Use them to mark which pages you will be digitizing for your assignment.
  • You are welcome to take photos of the pages in the folder so you can remember which pages you are choosing to digitize.
  • Return the folder to the appropriate box when you have finished using it.
  • Take note of which fonds, accession, box, and file number you will be digitizing for your assignment. 

Thank you for helping us preserve these unique materials!

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