(Note: Private businesses listed below are representative experts, service providers and suppliers for libraries, archives and museums in the event of an emergency. A listing here is not to be considered an endorsement of specific products or services by the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists or its Board of Directors.
Be sure to get to know your local First Responders (Fire Department, Police, Emergency Managers) and local emergency services and suppliers (rental companies, hardware stores, wet carpet and floor response) that may not be listed below. These firms can sometimes respond more quickly to an emergency than specialized companies. Check your local yellow pages. However, be careful using anyone but specialists in treating or working around collections.
“Experts,” “Services.” and “Suppliers” are categories corresponding to the national Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Database. Colorado or Wyoming may not have many specialized recovery services and supplies so be sure to check the national database if you do not find what you need.)
In a large, serious emergency, there are advantages to using a single vendor. Know that they will need direction on the treatments to provide for different materials and that they may want to subcontract work. It is advisable to establish a connection with one or more of these vendors and the smaller vendors before you have an emergency and to have formal agreements in place for response.
The following vendors are large vendors with experience dealing with library and archives disasters, many are national or international in scope. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but includes most major vendors who should be considered for a large or small disaster involving collections. Listed in alphabetical order:
Affiliated Warehouse Companies
P.O. Box 295
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Source for warehouses (storage, refrigerated, freezer space). Can provide a list of regional sources.
Air Dex Corp.
2700 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
American Freeze-Dry, Inc.
411 White Horse Pike
Audubon, NJ 08106
A variety of recovery services, including freeze-drying, fumigation, smoke odor removal and cleaning.
American Institute for Conservation
1717 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
Referral to conservators.
Belfor (full service provider)
5085 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80221
303.425.9700 (24 hour number)
Recommended to call Denver office first. Satellites in Glenwood Springs: 970.945.7105 and Colorado Springs: 719.598.1222. Conservation specialists are located in Ft. Worth office: 817.535.6793.
BMS-CAT (full service provider)
303 Arthur Street
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
24 Hour Response Center 800.433.2940
Clean Aire, Inc
1006 Rabbit Run
Columbia, SC 29061
Specializing in source removal duct cleaning, diagnostic air testing, IAQ inspections, HVAC system balancing, odor elimination.
Conservation Resources International
Springfield, VA 22151
Conservation cleaning supplies.
Delmhorst Instrument Co
Towaco, NJ 07082
Moisture meters and electrodes.
Disaster Recovery Services, Inc
2425 Blue Smoke Ct S
Fort Worth, TX 76105-1031
A variety of recovery services, including fire and water recovery, freeze drying, dehumidification, and cleaning.
Document Reprocessors (full service provider)
Available to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To contact immediately, call our 24 Hour Disaster Line at 1.800.4DRYING (1.800.437.9464).
San Francisco Office:
1384 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
Uses “Thermaline Vacuum Freeze Drying” for books and paper that is not recommended by some experts.
6615 West Layton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53220
Eastman Kodak Co Laboratory Directory
Emergency Supplies for Collection
P.O. Box 3902
Seattle, WA 98124-3902
Emergency response kits for corporate and private collections, museums, archives and libraries.
New York, NY 10021
Aqua Boy moisture meters.
Etherington Conservation Center
6204 Corporate Park Drive
Brown Summit, NC 27214
Film Technology Company Inc
726 N. Cole Avenue
Hollywood CA 90038
Restoration of 16mm and 35mm movie film.
P.O. Box 4901
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901
Conservation cleaning supplies
Getty Conservation Institute
4503 Glencoe Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Information on salvaging artworks.
P.O. Box 491
Canton, MA 02021-0491
Smoke-off cleaning sponges
Graham Magnetics, Inc
4001 Airport Freeway, Suite 400
Bedford, TX 76021
Recovery of computer media
Fort Worth, TX 76118
Recovery of microforms, film, etc
Jim Thompson & Company
Specializing in commercial fire and water damage restoration.
Library of Congress – Disaster Recovery
National Preservation Program Office
LM-G07, Washington, DC 20540
Loss Control Services
3333 Nutmeg Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Information and consultation on fire protection and recovery.
Munters (full service provider)
MCS San Francisco Office
970 Howe Rd.
Martinez, CA 94520
Martinez, (SF) CA is the office that would serve Colorado and Wyoming. No local office.
M.F. Banks Restoration Co.
Dehumdification, smoke removal, fumigation. Call for closest regional office.
Munters Moisture Control Services
6900 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite I
Norcross, GA 30071-1030
Dehumidification and vacuum drying. Contact the national headquarters for closest regional office.
National Archives and Records Administration
Conservation Lab, NNPD, Room B-1
Washington, DC 20408
National Center for Film and Video Preservation
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
National Fire Protection Association
P.O. Box 9146
Quincy, MA 02269
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA 01810-1428
Information about recovery, and referral to conservators.
Pest Control Services, Inc
14 E. Stratford Avenue
Lansdown, PA 19050
Consultation on pest control and fumigation; mold recovery.
2494 West 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
3515 Leland Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
“Rescubes” (collapsible polyethylene boxes for transport of water damaged materials), and “React.Pak” (first aid kit for water-damaged books).
Randomex, Inc., Data Recovery Division
101 Billerica Avenue
North Billerica, MA 01862
Salvage of computer media.
Re-Oda Chemical Engineering Co
P.O. Box 424
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Cleaning and deodorization of fire-damaged materials.
Restoration Logistics Denver
5360 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80216
The Restoration Company
3120 Medlock Bridge Road, Building J
Norcross, GA 30071
Wide range of recovery services for library/archival materials, including dehumidification, drying, smoke removal and deodorization, and fumigation.
SOLINET Preservation Program
1438 West Peachtree St NW, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309-2955
Solex Enviromental Systems
1003 Wirt Road, Suite 107
Houston, TX 77055
P.O. Box 101
Holyoke, MA 01041-0101
Unsmoke Systems, Inc
1135 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104
Fire and water damage restoration, deodorization, dehumidification services; plus supply/equipment sales
450 West 31st Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Videotape restoration, consulting, videotape supplies, forensic video services.
WAP International, Inc
170 E Freedom Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801
Turbo-Wet/Dry Vacuums; cleaning systems.
WEI T’O Associates, Inc
P.O. Drawer 40
21750 Main Street, Unit 27
Matteson, IL 60443
Freeze dry/extermination machine
Western Association for Art Conservation
1272 N Flores
Los Angeles, CA 90069-2904
Publications on disaster planning and recovery. Referrals to conservators.
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