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  For an LP jacket, Mylar is generally considered better than Polyethylene.  Whether a flap is desirable or not may depend upon the item's storage conditions.  For my own personal collection, I generally do not use outer jackets with flaps.  I find they often catch and sometimes tear when removing an LP from the shelf.  However, if an environment is particularly dusty, a flap may be advisable.
  Recommendations for inner sleeves can be more difficult.  For my own collection, I favor HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) sleeves, whether enclosed in a paper shell or alone.  One must be cautious about sleeves simply labeled "poly."  They could be almost anything.  A general rule I go by is: if it's frosted in appearance and slippery to the touch, chances are it's good; if it's clear and sticky or tacky (like a dry cleaning bag,) look elsewhere.  
  It may also be advisable to properly clean an LP before putting it into an new and, these days, not inexpensive inner sleeve.  For one thing, cleaning can reduce the risk of mold formation.  Also, if an LP is dirty, that debris can be transferred to the sleeve and re-contaminate the LP even if you clean it later.  A clean record in a clean sleeve is a good practice.

Larry Miller



>>> "Stephen M.H. Braitman" <[log in to unmask]> 8/17/2008 7:54:39 PM >>>
Hi, Folks:

I wanted to get some feedback from the folks here on the ARSCList 
what they think about the various archival preservation products out 
there.

The goal is to archivally preserve an old vinyl LP and its jacket.

Bags Unlimited offers the most variety of products. They have a " 
"Rice-Paper" Style HD POLYETHYLENE & ACID-FREE PAPER" for the disc. 
Is this the best thing?

For the LP jacket, the thickest they offer is a "6 mil POLYETHYLENE" 
jacket sleeve without a flap. The thickest Polyethylene with a 
sealable flap is 3 mil.

They also have a 4 mil Polyester (Mylar) jacket sleeve without flap, 
and a 2 mil with flap.

They also have LP jacket inserts, which can go inside the LP jacket, 
or 12" jackets to store the disc outside the jacket.

If there are other companies with better supplies of these types of 
products, I'd appreciate the recommendations.

Regards,

Stephen

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