Museums, Archives, Libraries

Museums, archives, and libraries serve a critical purpose in our society today: they preserve our heritage, history, and culture for the future. Artifacts, books, artwork, historical assets, and much more are entrusted to these institutions in order to protect and preserve. So who do those facilities trust to help keep their air clean and contaminant free, optimizing conditions for their fragile contents?

We have our filters in hundreds of museums, archives, and libraries all over the United States. Trusted to provide the protection needed, CLARCOR Air’s range of products – including pre-filter pleats, high efficiency filters, and activated carbon filters – can help solve the complex problems presented by ventilation systems for these unique indoor environments.

While temperature, relative humidity, lighting, ventilation systems, and other factors contribute to preservation, our products help eradicate molecular and particulate contaminants that deteriorate sensitive paraphernalia.

To remove damaging molecular contaminants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone, CLARCOR Air produces activated carbon filters blended with potassium permanganate. If not adequately filtered, the molecular contaminants can deteriorate artifacts by chemically breaking them down, making them brittle, yellow, and fragile.

Particulate contaminants can stain or cause corrosion to the artifacts, depending on their size and integrity. The best way to prevent this is to filter both make-up and recirculated air. Ideally designed ventilation for museums, archives, and libraries include three stages of filtration, two of which are particulate filters and one molecular. The particulate filters include a pre-filter and a HEPA filter.

While no filtration solution for any two museums is the same, CLARCOR Air provides filters to meet any challenge in the industry. We take very seriously the responsibility to preserve our history, heritage, and culture.