Microfilm endures well beyond paper, hard drives, optical disks and magnetic media – if stored correctly. Fluctuating temperature and humidity, airborne pollutants, and improper handling can be devastating to polyester, silver, diazo and acetate-based film. Pre-existing deterioration is accelerated in such conditions.
Underground Vaults & Storage facilities are uniquely suited for preservation and safekeeping of your microfilm, microfiche, and aperture cards.
Our three underground storage facilities maintain a constant 40% – 50% average relative humidity, 68°F/20°C average temperature, regardless of weather or season. Microfilm vaults are dehumidified and temperature-controlled to your specific needs. Buried deep underground and miles away from disaster-prone areas, your microfilm is kept protected from both natural and manmade disasters.
We also offer two unique preservation vaults: One limited to brown toned microfilm, the other limited to silver based film.
Our staff is bonded and trained to carefully handle, file, inspect and digitize microfilm. We also maintain close relationships with Kodak Certified Microfilm Preservation Labs – allowing us to serve as your single source for microfilm storage, preservation, duplication and restoration.
Our premiere Kansas underground facility, located in a salt mine in Hutchinson, represents the highest degree of protection possible. 650 feet below the earth, encased in a solid salt cocoon, more than 3 million square feet of storage space houses microfilm and other media. Our Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky facilities are tucked away in limestone formations, offering the same constant temperature and average relative humidity enjoyed by items in our salt mine facility.
Natural temperature and humidity is ideal for most media, yet we can provide additional climate controls and air filtration to meet your needs. Semi-private vaults are also available for smaller volumes of media. Optional security measure choices include wall material, vault door style, monitoring equipment and restricted staff access. We also offer segregated storage by microfilm material type.
You can rely on our trained staff to inspect items while in storage for redox, vinegar syndrome, or other damage. If signs of redox are found, we can request Brown Toning services from a Kodak Certified Microfilm Preservation Lab on your behalf. If signs of vinegar syndrome are found, we can coordinate duplication or imaging. Rolls of microfilm can be duplicated to silver or diazo, thereby allowing us to keep the original roll in storage and send a working copy to you.
Microfilm, microfiche and aperture card scanning services are offered for retrieval requests and digital archiving programs. Images are uploaded to a secure, encrypted and password-protected web site for your convenient download.
Secure document management services include barcoding, tracking, retrieval, interfiling, cataloguing and organization of your microfilmed records.