Changing Aspects of the Film Storage Problem

  • Bradley J
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Abstract

The volume of film being used for permanent record purposes is rapidly increasing. This includes principally the documentary type of motion pictures. However, better entertainment pictures are being produced which can reasonably be expected to live just as a good book lives. Increased volume of documentary records and increased interest in premanency demands planned storage, both in terms of preservation and in term of fire hazard. The principle of unit isolation is the basis for storage at The National Archives. Spread of film fire can be prevented by (1) insulation and (2) use of a cooling agent. Among cooling agents tested, water was found effective and economical. Cascade type of shelving holds out great promise.

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  • John G. Bradley

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