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Baton Rouge Room: Preservation

This page will help patrons learn about and search the Baton Rouge Room collection.

Hall of Horrors

Did you know you could be putting your treasured memories at risk when you store them in a hot and humid attic, in damp garages and sheds, or even in a house that is susceptible to flooding, fire, and other man-made and natural disasters?  Many people believe when they store their memorabilia in boxes and out of the way they are safe.  However, this is very rarely the case.  Most do not know their materials are inherintly unstable; paper such as newspaper print is acidic and doomed to degrade over time, tape, glue and similar adhesives will fail, discolor the paper they are meant to bind and ooze, and of course, many of these materials will attract insects and other little critters for shelter and/or food.  The Baton Rouge Room is here to help! Take a look at the presentation called "Preservation in the Home" to guide you towards a safe and secure environment for your materials.  If you feel your materials might be important to the history of East Baton Rouge Parish or the city of Baton Rouge check out the "Donating Materials to the Baton Rouge Room," to see our guidelines for donations and to see how collections are preserved in the archive.  

Resources to get you started

Preservation at the Library of Congress

This short video describes what happens in the Preservation and Conservation Department of the Library of Congress.  The video goes into detail about the types of tools used to preserve materials as well as steps that can be taken once disaster strikes. 

Hall of Horrors

Image Load Error

Upon inserting the floppy disk and attempting to open an image file an error message appears.  This is due to age and decay of the storage medium and the file.

Raw Image

Image extracted from a raw forensic disk image of the floppy disk.  As you can see, the image is missing bits and extremely pixilated.  This is due to damage to the disk or bit rot from the file. 

Raw Image

Another image retrieved from the raw forensic image taken from the floppy disk.

Digital Hall of Horrors

MAY 2018 Preservation Month Events


May 12-Saturday: Scan Day from 9am to 5pm in teh Special Collections Department of Main Library 

MAY 18-Friday: Personal Digital Archiving 2pm to 4pm in the second floor tech lab of the Main Library

MAY 20-Sunday: Preservation in the Home 4pm to 6pm in the second floor tech lab of the Main Library

MAY 24-Thursday: Personal Digital Archiving Open Lab 7pm to 9pm in the second floor tech lab of the Main Library

MAY 26-Saturday :  Scan Day from 9am to 4pm in the Special Collections Department of the Main Library


Preservation Workshops

These presentations address preservation and conservation issues for all types of materials.