Archival Solution of the Week: Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders
As one of the most versatile archival products we offer, Archival Methods’ Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders quickly bring order and organization to any collection of prints, photographs, postcards, letters, documents, slides and dozens of other types of collectibles and artifacts from your family archive.
One should not confuse these high-quality binders with inexpensive vinyl-clad “school binders” often found at your local office supply store. Many of those vinyl and other low quality binders are responsible for damaging problems such as image transfer, acid migration, and “out-gassing” (that unpleasant “vinyl / plastic” smell we’re all familiar with). It’s one thing if you are filing office papers, but if you are organizing valuable collectibles, family photographs and important memories you should only use binders that meet the very highest museum-quality standards: Archival Methods’ Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders!
Features: Crafted like fine books—and proudly made right here in the U.S.A. in Archival Methods’ own on-premises facility (see photos below)—our Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders are offered in your choice of four elegant colors: navy blue / forest green / red / black.
A high-quality binder board core is bound in library-grade buckram with an acid-free card stock lining. A premium slant-style D-ring assembly, with a rugged tab-actuated locking mechanism, is securely riveted to the back inside cover—rather than the spine—as this facilitates ease-of-use (see photos below). This D-ring design is used as it will hold more pages than traditional O-ring binders.
High-quality locking D-rings (left, and below) ready for secure riveting into a black Collector Grade 3-Ring Binder (right / red rectangle) in Archival Methods’ on-premisis facility. This in-house manufacturing capability allows us to exercise unparalleled quality control, providing you with industry-leading (and guaranteed!) workmanship and materials.
Sizes Available: These high-quality binders are offered in two ring sizes: our 1-1/2” rings hold 60 pages with prints, while our 2-1/2” rings hold 85 pages with prints.
Each binder will hold pages up to 10-1/2” x 11-3/4”, accommodating a variety of storage pages for prints, slides, documents and negatives (please click here for a complete list of archival-quality print and slide pages).
Slip Cases: To create an even safer, dust-resistant storage environment, select a binder with a black slip case. They offer yet another layer of protection by providing a further barrier against dust, moisture and household pollutants. They look great, and allow you to line your shelves with your most important binders always at your fingertips.
Archival-Quality Pages to Fit Your Every Need: Pages are the most popular way of organizing, filing and protecting conventional and digital prints, 35mm slides and a broad range of letters, documents and collectibles. Print and document pockets will hold two same-size prints back to back, so page capacity can be doubled! (Please click here for a complete list of archival-quality print and slide pages.)
Archival Methods’ Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders being used to store 35mm slides on the left, and letters from the family archive on the right.
(Please see our fully illustrated blogs on “Preserving 35mm Slides” and “Preserving Old Letters in the Digital Age.”)
Features: Our heavy-weight, high clarity, archivally-safe polypropylene print and slide pages are thicker and stronger than most other such pages (with a total thickness of 9 mil), so they will not tear, wrinkle or distort. They are three-hole punched for use with our Collector Grade 3-Ring Binders, Binder-In-A-Box and RingFolio Binder Box, and each type and size of page we offer will provide you with years and years of safe archival protection for your most cherished family artifacts, photographs and collectibles.
If you have questions or would like more information on the archival storage and presentation materials that are right for you, please contact us here at Archival Methods. We’re always there to help with any archiving, storage, or presentation questions you may have.