Slide storage

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  1. bishy

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    Looking to archive my slide collection,from the small plastic processing boxes from the developers.I have been advised to store the slides in Logan metal storage boxes,and place a 25gram bag of Silica Gel in the box,and change every few months.

    Is this the way to go for long term storage?,if not,any other storage systems worth thinking about also please.

    Thank you.
     
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    Can't speak to the Logan boxes, are they air tight? If not, no point in the gel. I have slides stored in a metal slide box, not air tight and they have been fine after 40+ years, including some shot in Vietnam.
     
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    Not really sure if there airtight or not. Hopefully the Logan boxes don't speak to you also!,lol.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Probably something like a Pelican case with a replaceable gasket is a better choice. Calumet Photographic has a variety of sizes and shapes in its own brand that are much more economical than the major brands.

    Since these cases are airtight when closed, the silica gel needs recharging at only about 12-18 month intervals to ensure that the atmosphere inside remains desiccated preventing fungus growth.
     
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    I have been storing most of my slides in archival sleeves, which are then located in hanging files, for over 20 years. I keep the slides in my house, which is a climate-controlled environment, with temps ranging from maybe 68F during the winter to 78F during the summer, and with humidity levels always around 50% (I have a digital hygrometer to check for humidity). Some of my slides are still in the paper Kodak boxes, and some are still in plastic boxes -- and have been in those boxes for over 15 years. They're just fine -- I checked them recently. I also have a collection of Kodachrome slides taken by my father when he was stationed in Korea during that conflict, which have been stored in a metal box for as long as I can remember, but they also have always been inside houses with their controlled climates, and they are all in excellent condition. If your house has central air/heat -- or if your live in some place like Southern California -- chances are the humidity levels are quite stable, and there is no real need for silica gel and hermetical sealing.
     
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    Maybe you should Ask Chris about that. :whistling:
     
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    Yeah, I mostly put mine into the archival sheets so I could organize them for quicker retrieval. I plan to do the same with the slides I have in boxes, but just haven't gotten to them yet. No real hurry.
     
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    I have slides that go back 50 years, mostly kodachrome, that look almost new. They were stored in metal slide boxes that hold around 100 slides or so. They're not air tight, but they have been kept is closets that are dark. My Ektachrome slides have faded. Too bad they discontinued Kodachrome. I got good colors out of Fuji Sensia, but they discontinued that. I don't know how the slides will hold up to age though.

    DaveO