Personal Collections Care
Conservation and Preservation Services (CPS) can advise MIT community members on caring for your personal collections, whether paper-based, media, or digital. In addition, we provide fee-based digitization and scanning services in our Scanning Lab.
Personal Binding and Conservation
CPS can provide contact information for local book workers and vendors who might meet your needs for treatment of your personal collections. (We cannot provide conservation treatment for non-library materials in our Labs.) Please email Ask Us! (MIT only) with your query. The Conservator or Preservation Librarian will respond with suggestions.
Also, you can find a conservator in your area using the form on the American Institute for Conservation website.
Personal Digital Archiving and Reformatting
MIT offers a variety of options to the MIT community for digitizing material. Many services are free or reasonably priced, and are open to the MIT community.
- CPS’s Scanning Lab
- Digitize Your Content on the Personal Digital Content Management Guide
- Keeping Personal Digital Records from the Library Congress
MIT Libraries also has information on preserving personal digital materials:
Personal Disaster Response
For digital files:
Please see the Library of Congress Emergency Preparedness website.
For paper and media-based items:
The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides 24×7 emergency phone assistance free of charge for individuals and organizations. Call 855-245-8303 or visit their website.
A range of resources are available on the web at all times. The following sites are among the more useful:
- What To Do If Collections Become Wet from the Library of Congress
This webpage includes information about salvaging wet paper-based items, photographs, and negatives after damage by water, contamination, mold, and smoke and soot.
- Disaster Recovery for Tapes in Flooded Areas from AMIA
This 3-page handout lists 20 tips for salvaging for wet video tape.
If items are extensively damaged or too valuable to risk handling at home, a conservation professional will provide expertise. The American Institute for Conservation website has a form through which you can find a conservator in your area that has specific specialties.