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- General Preservation
- Audio-Visual Materials
- Collection Emergencies
- Paper (manuscripts, drawings, newspapers, prints, posters, maps, etc.)
- Photographs and Film
If you don't see your question among the FAQ, you can submit your inquiry to the preservation librarian using the Preservation Ask a Librarian form.
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The information in these FAQ reflects best library preservation practices. The Library of Congress will not be responsible for damage to your collection should damage result from the use of this information.
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