Document Conservation and Preservation

UMI provides conservation and preservation services for government records and documents through identification, analysis, stabilization and remedial measures. Since 2002, we have been working with Indian Trust documents on the Special Deposit Accounts (SDAs) Distribution Project for the Office of Historical Trust Accounting and have witnessed firsthand the environments in which the documents are stored. Under contract to the Office of Trust Records (OTR), we presented Record Management training including specifics on how to handle, store, file and move records.

UMI, using technical consultants who are national experts on methods of preservation, conservation and disaster recovery of paper, is also providing support for OTR at the American Indian Records Repository (AIRR) in their mission to safeguard and preserve records created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and Tribal organizations. This contract is a document and records preservation effort awarded by the Department of the Interior. Because there are situations where records are exposed to undesirable conditions and environments that jeopardize the physical stability of the records, OTR determined a need to eliminate, as possible, any such risks


Conservation of records and documents can be divided into two categories:
  • Analysis, which focuses on identifying records that are in jeopardy and determining the requirements to stabilize them, and
  • Remedial conservation measures to correct physical and/or chemical deterioration.
To serve this need, OTR contracted with UMI to perform the AIRR Records Preservation Project, because UMI has demonstrated an understanding of the significance of the records that OTR is working to preserve.