Fonda Thompson, of Textile Preservation Associates, specifically designed
the museum quality storage cabinets for flags. The cabinets are of a heavy-duty
steel construction with powder-coated finish and silicone gaskets. The
bi-fold doors are flush locking. Each cabinet houses 24 flags on full
depth, pull-out shelves enabling the flags to be stored flat.
Each tray is prepared with a layer of UV filtering mylar followed by a
archival tissue layer. The flag is placed upon the tissue layer. The process
is repeated for the top of the flag. The tissue is acid-free and is used
for interleaving between the layers of mylar. Mylar is an UV filtering
material with an electrostatic quality. This enables the fibers of the
flag to hold position during handling. The tissue prevents this electrostatic
quality from pulling the fibers apart.
Good-quality storage equipment is a worthwhile investment. The staff
storage cart is a specially designed, well-built storage unit that helps
protect and preserve the staff by providing full support along their
entire length. The storage cart also provides protection from light,
temperature fluctuation, pollutants, dust and frequent handling. Each
staff is individually tagged with an archival object tag listing the
object number, description, provenance, year and location of use. The
back of the tag identifies the permanent storage location.