YOU MAY HEAR;
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE:
are just a few of the most common questions we are asked by
records managers. Hopefully, the replies given will answer
a few of your own questions and will help you answer those
you are sure to get from others.
Q. WHO NEEDS RECORDS RESTORATION SERVICES?
Anyone who is in charge
of storing and maintaining permanent records will eventually
have to address the question of records restoration.
This includes, among others, the records managers in:
- State archives
- Historical societies
- Genealogical societies
- Corporate archives
- Religious institutions
Q. WHY HAVE RESTORATION WORK DONE?
It is as important
to maintain permanent records as it is to maintain any of
the other property of a Town, City, County or State with this
Permanent Records are Irreplaceable
If a piece of equipment becomes unusable,
a new one can replace it.
But if permanent records are lost, they are gone forever.
Q. WHY NOT JUST MICROFILM PERMANENT RECORDS?
A. Microfilm can be a useful tool to store permanent records, but microfilm has important disadvantages when used as the primary source of permanent records preservation.
While having a document on microfilm for security reasons makes good sense, as the primary source of permanent records information, microfilm can be difficult to work with for the general public
can be harder to read than the original, especially films
of early records which may be written in stylized script
or written on paper that has deteriorated
can be more difficult to access; providing enough readers
and printers for public demand can be costly
is subject to deterioration without proper storage
large-scale projects may not be cost effective considering
the disadvantages noted above
does not address the important question of still-decaying