My preliminary investigations indicate that cardboard boxes are serving us well
and should not be changed. If they are highly acidic, they should be replaced.
If you have acetate tapes, I believe the cardboard allows enough breathing and
also acts as a buffer (like a molecular sieve in a film can) that absorbs the
outgassing acetic acid.
I haven't fully proven this, but it is a logical hypothesis.
So, unless the boxes are really yellow and brittle, I wouldn't change them.
You might finr some useful information on my "tips" page at
If you have any questions as you undertake your digitizing project, feel free to
Richard L. Hess
Quoting Donna Sinclair <[log in to unmask]>:
> Speaking of storage media, can anyone tell me whether reel-to-reel should be
> put in special storage cases? Most of our tapes are currently in the boxes
> the tape comes in. We are planning a digitizing project and I am trying to
> calculate cost. Any assistance would be helpful.
> Donna Sinclair
> Special Collections Coordinator, Oral History
> Oregon Historical Society Research Library
> >>> "Nancy's Overland Stage Lines (Nancy and Larry A. Hall, Sr.)"
> <[log in to unmask]> 06/09/04 09:57AM >>>
> The only dumb question is the one not asked.
> Have lurked for a while on the list.
> Recent comments about 78 storage in zip-loc bags prompts me to ask the
> Can cd's, in their little jewel boxes, be safely stored in metal boxes?
> I've been fotunate to be exposed in my lifetime to almost all the recording
> media. Having accumulated a treasure of audio tapes over the last thirty
> years, has always made me allergic to magnets and metal boxes.
> I presume CD's are plastic and the coating to be aluminum.
> Comments appreciated.
> Nancy and Larry Hall,
> National Radio Club,
> American Radio Relay League
> Â"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his
> in New York and his head is meowing
> in Los Angeles.
> Do you understand this?
> Â"And radio operates exactly the same way:
> you send signals here, they receive them
> there. The only difference is
> that there is no cat.Â" -- Albert Einstein