E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 5: Define A-Z Thursday, May 2 2013 

ARC: abbreviation – Advanced Reading Copy

Archival (Quality): The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition.  See Also Archival webpage.  Below is a definition from “Preserving Family Keepsakes Do’s and Don’ts”, Ilene Chandler Miller, 1996:

“A term that suggests a material or item is permanent, durable and chemically stable and therefore safe for the preservation of our keepsakes.”

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August 2005, V4#8: Production Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

A Little About Archival Quality

Acid free, permanent and archival can be defined many ways.  However, it should be noted that both internal and external factors affect the finished product at any given time.  Internal factors are those that go into the making of the raw materials. External factors are everything from the atmospheric conditions during publishing (a book produced in a large industrial park may be subjected to caustic factors), heat, humidity and UV light to a book owner’s habit of using hand lotion frequently.