Is it better to store photographs in cardboard or plastic boxes?

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Date created: Fri, Jul 9, 2021 7:27 PM
Date updated: Wed, Mar 29, 2023 8:21 AM

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Boxboard is in the cardboard box family. It's typically acid-free and goes the extra mile to block light that could damage photos… Plastic makes a photo storage box tougher, protecting its contents from insect, rodent, or water damage.

You may be tempted to use a clear plastic box that's advertised as being acid-free. But Smithsonian Institution Archives conservator William Bennett advises against this because we don't yet know how plastic interacts with photographs over the course of a century. It's safer to use time-tested paper boxes.

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