Not all documents that come to the State Archives are in pristine condition. Many documents are adversely affected by time, improper storage, fire and water damage, as well as high acidic content. It is the task of the State Archives to preserve these documents which are essential to Louisiana's history. The Archives features a modern conservation lab where a trained conservator meticulously uses the latest in preservation techniques to extend the life of these historical treasures. Call 225-922-1218 if you'd like information on conserving and repairing your documents, or better yet, why not donate them to your Louisiana State Archives?
Conservator Doug Harrison uses Scum-X to clean a 1908 map of St. John the Baptist Parish.