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Archival Storage Boxes

A look at the world of photo boxes, the photography world, and more box varieties.

Archiving items is a common activity for both personal and business use. Typical materials that are archived these days can range from paper documents to photos, CD’s and DVD’s. Archival storage boxes are generally used for this purpose and these come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Archival storage boxes typically need to hold and protect a variety of items. For this reason they are manufactured to be relatively sturdy and secure in order that they can protect the contents from damage as well as dust and dirt. In many cases they should also be capable of protecting items from light infiltration, as over a length of time this can be harmful to a variety of materials.

One of the most common styles of archival storage boxes is for paper documents and these are commonly used by businesses as a means of storing and protecting paper documents such as files, letters and reports. They are typically manufactured from cardboard or plastic, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can store documents in a horizontal or vertical position. Depending on the requirements for storage, light, medium or heavy duty boxes are typically available.

An example of a common archival storage box for paper documents is a letter/legal cardboard storage box. These can either come with flap closure or a separate box lid and are used to store documents and files in an upright position. An example of this is the Letter/Legal String and Button Storage Box from Staples. A set of 4 costs around $21.50 and they feature heavy duty construction with flap closure and the flaps can be secured with string and button closure.

With computers being so common these days, much information is stored on these electronically. However, this can typically be backed up onto CD and archival storage boxes are available to keep these safe. These are typically small cardboard or plastic boxes which usually store CD’s in an upright position. An example of this style is the TrueCore Flip Top CD/DVD Box Kit from Light Impressions. This costs around $21 and is manufactured from cardboard with metal edges for added strength. The box includes polypropylene sleeves in which CD’s can be stored and the box can hold 50 CD’s.

Light Impressions also has archiving storage boxes for other materials and this includes magazines, collectibles and also negatives & transparencies. Light Impressions operates through the internet and there are a number of other web retailers that have archival storage boxes available. Some of these include Print File, Preservation Equipment and University Products. These have archiving boxes available in a variety of styles and sizes that can be used to store items from photograph negatives to paper documents.

Archiving materials is a way in which they can be retained for future reference and archival storage boxes provide a safe and secure means of doing this. They come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, such that a suitable box should be available no matter the materials to be archived.