Preservation of records is an important activity within any Archives Management Programme. It ensures that the records of enduring value are preserved for the benefit of
both present and future generations. The process of conservation attempts to preserve records in their original format. The main objectives of the Conservation wing of
Assam State Archives are:
- To conserve, protect and preserve the archival records which can be made available to the users in the best possible condition; and.
- To keep the records in usable condition for as long as possible.
In Assam State Archives, the files/records are housed in acid-free boxes to protect them from light, heat and dust. To protect the files and records from insects and
rodents, pesticide treatment is carried out every three months. Cleaning of stack areas, records, and shelves is also undertaken on a regular basis.
The Assam State Archives has recently installed a Fumigation Chamber (NSW-151). The Conservation wing undertakes fumigation of records to render the newly received documents insect-free. The conservation wing also repairs the documents to bring them back to their original condition by adopting tissue repair, lamination, full-pasting, etc. It also includes reproduction of old and brittle records through microfilming, photocopying and digitization. The Binding Unit deals with sewing and re-covering, minor repairs, binding and stitching of records and volumes for preventive/restorative conservation.