Convert deteriorating acetate film to long-lasting polyester film
Why convert from acetate to polyester film?
The short answer: To preserve history.
From the early 1950s to the advent of polyester film, businesses and libraries microfilmed their holdings on acetate film. These collections were expected to last for 100 years. Unfortunately, many of these collections won't last that long or are already in immediate danger.
Improper storage conditions are damaging these collections prematurely and may rob researchers of valued information. Converting your holdings to more durable and longer-lasting polyester film preserves vital images for generations to come.
When should you convert your holdings?
The first physical sign of the deterioration of acetate film is a vinegar aroma. Even though there isn't any physical property damage, rest assured the deterioration process has begun when the film exhibits this smell. Subsequent warning signs of film deterioration include support shrinkage, brittleness, curling and buckling. Collections exhibiting these problems are in critical condition and need immediate attention.
It is imperative to convert such collections before your valuable images are lost permanently. Fortunately, preserving images is the specialty of Archival Solutions.
Your images will be brought back with minimal deviation from the master potentially with even increased image quality. Also, Archival Solutions minimizes additional damage to your fragile originals by always employing the right equipment, technology and training.
All film copies are returned fully inspected on ANSI reels with a minimum
of 30-inch leader on every reel. Reels are placed in acid-free labeled
boxes and delivered fully insured to you. Archival Solutions also ships
each generation of your collection separately to guard against catastrophic
Contact us today for a free evaluation.