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Old 03-18-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Does anyone have any recommendations for printing services around Iowa City/Cedar Rapids that might offer archival-quality printing?

An organization I'm affiliated with is thinking about moving our minutes from hand-written books to a printed format, but wants to make sure they'll stand the test of time (we have minutes going back a hundred years, and there is concern that our new minutes last as long). I've been tasked with figuring out if this would be feasible, but so far standard copy shops (Fed-Ex/Kinkos, Staples) don't seem to offer this service at all.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

(My apologies for the double-post, but wanted to make sure that both CR and IC folks see it.)
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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There is a place in North Liberty just North of Penn by 965 that did great quality work when I visited them a few years ago. I don't know if they offer this service, or if they are still there, because (thank God) I haven't had to set foot in Iowa since 2012
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the recommendation, Lurtsman, I appreciate your response--I will check into them. Doing more research, it appears that most laser printing is likely to be color-fast, so I'm looking more into that, now, too.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:16 AM
 
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If I recall correctly, HP printer inks were designed with archival quality in mind. Checking some specs on paper and inks may open your options.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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Thanks, Devans0. I ended up going with laser printing on archival/acid-free paper--because the toner is bonded to the paper and is a pigment rather than a dye, best guess right now is that this will be archival quality (of course there isn't centuries worth of experience to judge by).
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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Thanks, Devans0. I ended up going with laser printing on archival/acid-free paper--because the toner is bonded to the paper and is a pigment rather than a dye, best guess right now is that this will be archival quality (of course there isn't centuries worth of experience to judge by).

Can you store your documents in acid free report covers in binders as well?
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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Can you store your documents in acid free report covers in binders as well?
Yes, that's the plan. The original idea was to hole-punch the minutes and put them in a binder, but putting them in archival sleeves seems like it would save us the grief of ripped pages down the road. We haven't invested in this yet, as so far all of the minutes are still in the recording secretary's computer--we'll probably print them all out at once at the end of the year.
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