Archival Resources

A guide to archival resources at UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Handling Photographic Materials

Photographs are commonly found in archival collections. Photographic materials are especially vulnerable to touch and require special precautions.

  • Photographs are easily damaged by fingerprints and skin oils. Please use cotton gloves provided by staff.
  • Even while using gloves, try to handle photographs by the edges and avoid touching the surface.
  • If photographs are in albums or protective plastic sleeves, do not remove them.