Preserving history

The generous donors who enhance the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's collection every year do so for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost, the donors wish to ensure that their valued artifacts are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Museum's archivists use acid-free materials to house artifacts, which - over time - will degrade if exposed to fluctuating humidity and temperature as well as high light levels and acidic containers. Artifacts not on display are allowed to "rest" in the Museum's climate-controlled archive and all objects are handled with white gloves - preventing skin oils from damaging fragile materials.

Artifacts in the Hall's collection will forever be protected and treated as invaluable pieces of baseball history.