Choosing Archival Storage Boxes
Preserve photographs, drawings, and precious memories with archival storage boxes. Designed for everyday use or long-term storage, acid-free storage boxes help ensure that items stay clean and dry, while minimizing exposure from many environmental factors that can degrade photos, scrapbook pages, and negatives over time.
Using Archival Storage Boxes
Whether you use them to store archival envelopes and mailers or to preserve a collection of art prints and photographs, keep storage boxes and containers in areas free of humidity, direct sunlight, and dust. If you own old negatives, slides, and photos that have faded over time, you can slow down the natural aging process by using acid-free storage solutions. Ideally, you want to avoid storing photos in damp basements, garages, or areas where flooding, excessive heat or cold, and pest-related issues may occur. Climate-controlled areas are best for the most delicate of materials, but even a cool and dry bedroom or office works well if you use museum boxes with lids and stash them beneath a bed or in a closet. When possible, keep boxes off the floor, or place them in archival-safe containers or totes that provide an extra layer of protection.
Storage Box Types
A wide variety of photo storage containers explicitly designed for memory albums and loose photos exists, as well as for archival pages, sleeves, and rolls that you're saving for future use. Boxes rated as PAT-safe go through thorough testing to ensure black-and-white and color photographs remain in optimal condition. Several boxes and containers feature buffered and acid- and lignin-free materials, making them suitable for reliable, long-term storage.
Archival photo boxes come in a range of sizes to accommodate large scrapbooks, mini photo albums, and sketchbooks. Folio-style boxes work well for packaging and presenting proofs and collections of prints for photography clients. Slide and negative boxes feature sturdy and compact construction, and many have removable trays and dividers so you can organize sets of materials by topic or date. These also work well for storing digital memory cards. Some containers come with metal ID holders for easy labeling and organization. Select styles also feature anti-corrosive metal edges and hinges for enhanced durability, especially if you plan to stack multiple boxes together.
Acid-Free Storage Kits
If you're looking to store batches of materials and equipment in archival dry cabinets and dehumidifiers, you may want to consider purchasing sets of photograph storage boxes. Select kits come with protective sleeves so you can store and access individual images with minimal risk of creases, tears, or scuffs. Many kits designed for magazine or newspaper storage also come with reusable canisters of desiccant, which provide additional protection against moisture.
Maintain your photography and art collection for many years to come with archive boxes available from B&H Photo and Video.