A large paper-based collection
The Anne Frank House collection contains a large number of paper items, such as letters and postcards from the Frank family, and files from Otto Frank’s company. The entire collection comprises approximately 15,000 objects and 15 metres of archive.
Examples from the paper collection:
• a letter written by Anne
• lesson materials used by Margot
• correspondence between Otto and the readers of the Diary
• Opekta files
• the original script of the play
Thanks to Metamorfoze, many collection pieces have been digitised. Moreover, the entire collection has been repacked into new, acid-free boxes. Some minor repair work was done as well, such as flattening, deacidifying, and repairing small tears in the paper.
Metamorfoze, the national programme for the preservation of our paper heritage, was established in 1997 and is funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW). One of the conservation methods applied by Metamorfoze is digitisation (preservation imaging). Organisations can apply for a grant to preserve their collection. This may help prevent the decay of paper from acidification, ink corrosion, and copper corrosion in numerous collections. In 2005 and 2011, the Anne Frank House received a grant to digitise, repack, and preserve large parts of its collection.