Museums, libraries, galleries and archives collect and preserve all manner of photographic materials, such as black and white or colour prints as well as digital images. Personal collections generally also contain a broad range of photographic print and negative materials. All are subject to deterioration from inappropriate storage, handling and display conditions. For example, high humidity and temperature, air pollution and light exposure can all cause photographs to deteriorate. Though many are inherently chemically unstable and deteriorate readily, there are many things that can be done to ensure the long-term preservation of these images. The following resources provide information and advice on how to care for photographs.

Preventive conservation guidelines for collections

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes

Related CCI resources

External links

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