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Photographic technology has evolved greatly since the dawn of the photographic era. Different types of photographic prints need different approaches to preservation. There are many online guides to help you through the process of identifying your prints and learning how to care for them.
Useful Online Photographic Preservation Guides
Below are links to great online resources useful to any individual or organization wanting to get a handle on photographic preservation.
The Library of Congress - Photograph Preservation
This is a straight-forward guide to the care, handling, and storage of photographs. Consult this page before you make any decisions on preserving your photographs.
The preservation procedures described here have been used by the Library of Congress in the care of its collections and are considered suitable by the Library as described; however, the Library will not be responsible for damage to your collection should damage result from the use of these procedures.
National Archives - Storing Photographic Prints
The US National Archives provides information on storage, photo albums, captioning, and mounting photographic prints.