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Protection, Preservation, and Care

Free Resources for Paper Based Art Preservation, Conservation and Care

Below you will find a listing of free resources you can use to learn more about the harmful effects light, paper, plastic, humidity can have on your collections, as well as philately and stamp collecting in general.

Effects of Paper

Library of Congress articles that discuss aging of paper sealed in plastic

Northeast Document Conservation Center – many articles on preservation of paper

Library of Congress articles dealing with deterioration and preservation of paper

An article about how paper degrades

Art on paper article

Harmful Effects of Plastic

Permanence of plastic

Article with links that discusses Mylar and other plastic products for use with stamps

Plastics informational site

Guide to plastic storage products

Harmful Effects of Micro-climates

Articles about of micro-climates that are formed within sealed spaces (plastic holders, albums etc)

Mounting of papyrus within a glass sandwich that illustrates micro-climate effects

Harmful Effects of UV light

Ultraviolet UVA and UVB primer

Articles that discuss UVB radiation (vs UVA radiation)

Articles that discuss UV effects from flash photography

Article that discusses use of UV filters

Harmful Effects of VISIBLE light

The Effect of Light from Flashbulbs and Copiers

Blue Wool cards used to measure amount of visible light exposure

Definition of lightfastness of materials

Article that discusses effects of light

Explanation of the units used to measure light

Misc. Conservation and Preservation Sites

Resources/Suppliers for conservation professionals

Library of Congress conservation web site

Northeast Document Conservation Center web site

Conservation physics by Tim Padfield

Smithsonian conservation web site

Getty Museum conservation web site

Kansas State Historical Society document preservation site

British Postal Museum web site

Library of Congress ask a librarian a question link

Minnesota Historical Society conservation web site

Many other Conservation links

Misc. stamp information links

Effects of irradiation of mail by the US Post Office

How to detect forged and faked stamps

External Philatelic Web Sites/Organizations  Jump-off platform to the hottest stamp sites around the world

Frajola’s Board for Philatelists

Delphi Stamp Forum

Glen Stephens down under stamp board

Virtual Stamp Club

Stamp Collecting Round-up Blog

Smithsonian ARAGO philatelic web site worldwide stamp shows and stamp links

Bid Start Collectibles Web site

Stamp Auction Network


International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors

US Philatelics Classics Society

The Collectors Club

Philatelic Webmasters Organization

FYSV: Value Your Stamps ONLINE

Stamp Art links

A web site devoted to stamps as art

Stamps as art article

Philatelic articles with no links (you will need to locate a non electronic version of the actual article on your own)

“How to Preserve Stamps and Covers,”American Philatelist page 125 February 1996

“Plastics in Philately,” American Philatelistpage 76 January 1998

“Safe Plastics for Stamps?” American Philatelistpage 1102 December 2000

“Stamps in Plastics,” American Philatelist page 328 April 2006

“Topical Stain Problems? American Philatelist Use Deacid Spray,” page 1032 November 2006

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