Many of the filing problems we are encountering are no longer likely to happen in an office, because we finally seem to be creating fewer paper files. But just in case you do find yourself filing, or packing files in boxes for long-term storage, please remember the following tips, all of which will make the life of the archivist a little bit easier:
1. Have we mentioned this before? Don’t use rubber bands.
Remains of an extra rubber band:
2. How many staples is enough? I’m thinking this group of papers may have crossed over the line into the realm of “way too many staples”.
Perhaps it was the weight of all that metal that pushed the clump of papers down in the folder, leaving the page at the back exposed to the acidity of the folder:
Other tips to follow as we stumble on them.