The purchase of archival quality storage containers is necessary. Document storage cases, bulk storage boxes and drop-front boxes are acid-free and designed to prevent damage to our collections long-term. File folders, sleeves, and envelopes provide individual protection of photographs (over 2000 in our collection) and negatives. The list goes on and on, and the number grows each week as we continue to catalog our collection and continue to receive new acquisitions.
Boxes—they are pretty standard—you can pick one up anywhere, especially a used box. Unfortunately these types of boxes are not adequate for storing historical artifacts. Acid-free boxes, folders, and sleeves are required and they cost dearly.
Gaylord is one of the leading manufacturers of these types of materials. Take a look at their preservation materials to get an idea of the investment required to protect the history of San Benito County.