Acid Free Tissue Paper for Textiles & Costumes

In the course of time most tissue paper will become acidic and brittle with age.  The acidity will transfer to adjacent objects causing these objects to become weaker and possibly discolored.  Acid free tissue papers are specially processed to remove such contaminants.  Some acid free papers are, in addition, buffered to an alkaline pH.  These buffered papers are considered acceptable for cotton or linen textiles, but potentially harmful to silk or wool objects.

Therefore, it is suggested that a neutral pH, unbuffered acid free tissue paper be purchased for general textile or costume storage.  An 18 pound weight paper is useful for quilts, coverlets, and the storage of other flat textiles.  For storing costumes or other items, some "stuffing" or interleaving may be necessary to maintain a three dimensional shape or to prevent abrasion between textile surfaces.  For these purposes, a lighter 12 pound paper is suggested.  This lighter acid free paper is also known as "laminating tissue."

These acid free tissue papers can be obtained as flat pieces 32" x 40" or on rolls 3’-5’ wide x 250' long.  A roll of paper is economical and easier to store than flat sheets if a quantity of textiles needs to be packed for storage or if the textiles are larger than 32" x 40". The suppliers of archival materials listed here supply acid free papers and boxes.

List of Suppliers: Be sure to inquire about the cost of handling & shipping as paper materials can be bulky and expensive to ship long distances.

Archivart Products for Conservation & Restoration                                         40 Eisenhower Drive                            Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Tel: 201-804-8986
Archival paper, board

Gaylord Bros.
Box 4901
Syracuse, New York 13221-4901
Tel: 800-448-6160
Archival, conservation, & library supplies

Hollinger Metal Edge (East Coast)
9401 Northeast Drive
Fredricksburg, Virginia 22408
Tel: 800-634-0491
Archival, conservation supplies

Hollinger Metal Edge (West Coast)
6340 Bandini Blvd.
Commerce, CA 90040
Tel: 800-862-2228

Light Impressions Corp.
PO Box 2100                                    Sante Fe Springs,CA 90670                 Tel: 800-828-6216
Archival, conservation, & framing supplies,

MuseuM Services Corporation
1107 East Cliff Road
Burnsville, Minnesota 55337-1514
Tel: 612-450-8954
Acid free paper, textile storage boxes, equipment

330 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel: 212-219-0770
Archival, conservation supplies

University Products
517 Main Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041
Tel: 800-628-1912
Archival, conservation supplies

Conservation Analytical Laboratory 1994; revised 2004, Smithsonian Center for Materials Research & Education; revised 2008, 2009, 2015, Museum Conservation Institute. Smithsonian Institution