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Old 03-18-2014, 08:39 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!
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:33 AM
 
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I believe how long a document lasts depends mostly on the quality of the paper and how it's stored. So have your printer use high rag-content, acid-free paper. To ensure that it is, you may have to shop for it and provide it yourself. Then keep the document dry. It should be legible for a hundred years or so. Anyway, your existing minutes apparently have survived well, so at least continue doing whatever your predecessors did.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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Thanks, Lemastre, those are good points about the paper. I was trying to find a place with archival-quality ink (many inks fade over time, and most laser-jet printing probably won't look as good in twenty years) but have since figured out that laser printing is generally considered to be color-fast, so we'll be doing that. I appreciate you taking the time to answer!
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