History Preservation

Over the past twenty-five years a wide variety of organizations and private collectors have entrusted their most valuable historic artifacts to FIRELOCK vaults. The monetary value of many of these artifacts is in the millions, but their historic value is what makes them truly priceless.

One private collector stores several violins and other instruments made by famed master craftsman Antonio Stradivari in his FIRELOCK vault. The R-33 insulation rating of the dry ceramic fiber insulation in these vaults makes them ideal for storing climate-sensitive artifacts. The humidity is easy to control because there is no wicking-effect common in concrete and masonry structures, and the excellent insulation makes it economical to regulate the temperature as well. And of course there is the primary benefit — the peace of mind from knowing these treasures are protected in the highest rated fireproof vault available in the industry.

Several art collectors with extremely valuable collections have invested in FIRELOCK vaults to protect their investments in fine artworks. Because these vaults are all custom designed they can be installed almost anywhere, including private residences. The climate control advantages of a well-insulated structure are also advantageous for preserving centuries-old artworks. These art collectors also understand that they are not just the owners of these works — they are the custodians who must ensure they are protected from harm so future generations will be able to appreciate them, and not lament their loss in a disaster.

The historic preservation organizations within multiple Native American Indian tribes have entrusted their historic documents and artifacts to FIRELOCK vaults to help preserve their heritage. Their collections range from treaty documents to antique textiles, weapons and other historic objects. Most of these organizations have museums where they display various artifacts. When they are not on display to the public they can be safely stored in a secure vault environment. This is an excellent way to preserve the heritage of these unique cultures.

Among the more fragile historic items being protected in FIRELOCK vaults are some original cartoon animation cells. This artwork owned by a major animated film company is highly valued by this organization, so they sought out the highest-rated protective vault system available. Of course climate control is paramount for such a fragile medium, so they take advantage of the R-33 insulation rating and vapor barrier that keeps outside humidity from affecting the climate inside the vault. With this design it is economical to maintain the temperature and humidity at the optimum 68-degrees F. and 30-40% humidity.

Some incredible artifacts from American history are also safeguarded in FIRELOCK vaults around the country, owned by both large organizations and private collectors. Of note is some of the personal documents of George Washington, along with the gavel he used when presiding over the Continental Congress. When not on loan to museums, several artifacts from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are stored in a Class 125 vault. These artifacts include the chair from Ford's Theater and the suit and hat Lincoln wore the night he was shot.

Another example of historical preservation is the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum in New Gloucester, Maine. FIRELOCK vaults recently installed a vault to protect their 250 year old collection of records and artifacts. This is another example of protecting irreplaceable items.

The diversity of the historic documents and artifacts protected in FIRELOCK vaults is truly amazing. One thing the owners/custodians of these items understand is the importance of preserving these objects for future generations. They also know that climate controlled FIRELOCK vaults can provide the most secure environment for these irreplaceable treasures.

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