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Topic: How to store vintage sheet music  (Read 199 times)

Offline katfinn

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How to store vintage sheet music
on: June 06, 2023, 10:46:21 PM
I am new to the Piano Forum. I have stacks of 1930s to 1960s sheet music, from my Grandmother and my Mom. my Grandmother was a classic pianist and had I  now have a lot of her sheet music, but I want to store them, in boxes if possible, I just need to know if anyone has an idea of how to. Most are a little damaged, but I just want to keep them safe. I don't have funds to get any costly containers.
Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated

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Re: How to store vintage sheet music
Reply #1 on: June 07, 2023, 12:43:02 PM
I'm not sure it's rocket science, as long as they are not stored in an overly humid environment they should be ok, no? If you wanna be really sure, you might wanna find a librarian or archivist in your area to ask. They probably know a lot more!

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Re: How to store vintage sheet music
Reply #2 on: June 09, 2023, 02:08:34 AM
Cool, dry place with air conditioning. Avoid humidity. Also put in darkness or avoid sunlight.

It’s better to consider digitizing it bc if u think 500-1000 years… eventually it will be gone or break down over time and you or someone down your lineage will think about that at some point in time. Nothing lasts forever. It will be time consuming.

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Re: How to store vintage sheet music
Reply #3 on: June 10, 2023, 01:45:11 PM
Cool but not cold temperatures, normal humidity, dark place.
Humidity below RH 15-20 will make paper brittle, high humidity (rH 60+) will cause mold and insects.
Lay sheets flat in small rigid ventilated boxes. Avoid big piles in a single box - this may cause damage from pressure (imprints, sheets may stick together).
Vlad
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