Box for glass plate negatives


A box with compartments dedicated to the storage of glass plate negatives. In the price list for standard formats, you will find prices for a few variants regarding the most popular formats. The accepted conservation standards do not accept horizontal storage of glass plate negatives, e.g. in clamshell boxes. The only exceptions to this principle are boxes which store the largest-sized negatives, e.g. 24x30 cm, or even larger ones: 30x40 cm, 40x50 cm. You can find examples of boxes for such exceptional objects in the photo gallery. 

This construction most often comes in the form of a lidded box (made from 1.0 - 1.3 mm thick Agema or Castello solid board) with an arrangement of inner partitions which are made from thick and rigid museum-quality cardboard (ISO 9706, PAT). In another variety - the so-called "A" type - the partitions are made from the same type of cardboard which has been used to make the outer box. 

Please note: When placing an order for the box with compartments for negatives, please remember:

- a compartment and a partition are two different things! A box with 5 compartments (cells) in a row requires 4 partitions. If you order a box with 5 partitions, you will receive a box with 6 compartments with the same dimensions. It is not always clear and may result in a misunderstanding;

- external dimensions (a and b) of boxes with compartments might be much bigger than it might seem after simply adding up the dimensions of the cells. This, however, does not regard the height - in this case the box will only "grow" by a few millimetres;

- provide us with the expected arrangement of the cells. For example, the 8x1 arrangment will be understood as neighbouring cells arranged in one row and adjoining one another with a longer side. An arrangement of two or three rows of cells is hardly ever found when it comes to the storage of glass plate negatives. A box with this type of arrangement will become very heavy after filling it with glass!

- if you do not let us know otherwise, the cells will be symmetrical;

- a cell should not be wider than 25 mm;

- if the storage of collections is limited by the dimensions of shelves, please let us know about it and we will consult the design of the box with you. We will define how many cells of particular dimensions can be arranged in the box so that it does not stick out of the shelf;

- museum-quality cardboard partitions are normally equipped with half-moon-shaped cutouts for fingers. If you do not need them, please make it clear in the order. In the case of "A" type partitions we avoid making the cutouts;

- if you want to make sure that the box design provides the best possible protection for the negatives, order a box with compartments that will accommodate just one plate each;

- the box should be stable. Avoid solutions where the height of the box is clearly larger than one of the sides of the base;

- any plan / layout or even a manual drawing of the box and the arrangement of compartments that you attach or enclose with the order will be extremely useful in the designing process!

ISO 16245 A, ISO 9706, PAT
Available sizes
Index Material Dimensions 1 - 9 10 - 99 100 and more Amount Total Sample
PP9X13/8 1.3 mm Castello cardboard, 2.0 mm Museum cardboard format - 9x13, 8 cells of 140x100x25
PP10X15/8 1.3 mm Castello cardboard, 2.0 mm Museum cardboard format - 10x15, 8 cells of 165x110x25
PP13X18/8 1.3 mm Castello cardboard, 2.0 mm Museum cardboard format - 13x18, 8 cells of 195x140x25
Total: ...
  • length (a) 
  • width (b) 
  • height (c)
  • please provide information about the required arrangement of cells and their dimensions in the comments section 
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Index a (mm) b (mm) c (mm) Amount Sample Comments
Omni-Box special formats

The Omni-Box system is a service whereby we produce single units and short series of archival storage products of non-standard constructions or in non-standard formats. 
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Who is Omni-Box for?

The Omni-Box storage products are mainly designed for those of our Clients who need:

  • one, a few or a few dozen units of storage products in a special, non-standard format;
  • to store a collection of books in such a manner that each volume is kept in a separate box;
  • storage products of non-standard construction.
How does it work?

First, our experienced designers make a computer design of a box or folder. After that, the product undergoes cutting and creasing by means of a digital plotter.

How should I measure an object to be stored?

Do you feel discouraged when you think of how much work it takes to take measurements of all the books to be stored in individual boxes? There is no need! For that purpose we can lend you, free of charge, the Bookmeter. With this device, which resembles an aluminium drawer, you can measure a book’s spine width, its width and height in just a few steps. It provides a precise measurement, and the data is wirelessly sent to a table on your computer. This helps you prevent making a mistake, which can happen when taking measurements manually. All you need to do is provide a reference number of each volume and… it’s done! 

This file is then used to produce a custom-made storage product for each volume.


Can I choose the material myself?

When preparing a quote for Omni-Box products, we usually decide which material to use based on the construction of the product, its size and the type of object to be stored in it. However, if you would like the product to be made from a different type of cardboard or paper than the one we suggest, write to us and let us know about it. If producing a given product from your preferred material is technically possible, we will take it into account when preparing the quote.  

Where do I find Omni-Box prices?

The prices of Omni-Box storage products are calculated on an individual basis. Select a construction and provide us with dimensions, and we will prepare a quote for you.