Safeguarding the Documentary Heritage

A guide to
Standards, Recommended Practices and Reference Literature
Related to the Preservation of Documents of All Kinds

prepared by the

International Advisory Committee for the
UNESCO Memory of the World Programme
Sub-Committee on Technology

for the

General Information Programme and UNISIST
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


1. Introduction
2. General Preservation Factors
3. Paper and Other Traditional Materials
4. Photographic Materials
5. Mechanical Carriers
6. Magnetic Materials
7. Optical Media
8. Electronic Publications,Electronic Documents and Virtual Information
9. Glossary


Astrid Brandt
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Wolf Buchmann
Bundesarchiv, Koblenz, Germany

Helen Forde
Public Record Office, London, United Kingdom

Trudi Noordermeer
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Jonas Palm
Det Kongelige Bibliotek, København, Denmark

Dietrich Schüller
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Austria

George Boston
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom