Interesting that this would be brought up, as I'm currently researching
alternative methods for the storage of nitrate cylinders. Some of you
on this list will know a great deal about this topic that I but Library
of Congress is looking for a plastic to replace Metal Edge-style paper
housing. I'd be interested in hearing the views of list members on
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University of Texas at Austin
On Jun 9, 2004, at 1:17 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hello, Donna,
> My preliminary investigations indicate that cardboard boxes are
> serving us well
> and should not be changed. If they are highly acidic, they should be
> 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
> 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
> ask me.
> 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
>> 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
>> I've been fotunate to be exposed in my lifetime to almost all the
>> media. Having accumulated a treasure of audio tapes over the last
>> 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