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UC Merced Library Special Collections and University Archives

Handling Specific Materials

How to handle archival materials vary by material type. One constant, however, is that it is important to treat each item with the utmost care. Be aware of the object's condition prior to handling, noting any areas of wear or damage. For example, don't put unnecessary pressure on a page that might have an existing tear, or don't apply extra pressure on a book's spine by opening it too far. The following video provides an interesting overview on handling materials in the Folger Shakespeare Library.