Archival vs Acid Free Papers

Archival paper is an especially permanent, durable acid-free paper. Archival paper is meant to be used for works of significant value. Often, cotton rag paper is used for archival purposes, as it is not made from wood-based pulp. Thus, “archival paper” is sometimes broken down into two categories:

  • Conservation-grade — acid-free, buffered paper made from wood-based pulp also referred to as alpha-cellulose
  • Archival-grade (also Museum-grade) — cotton rag paper made from cotton pulp.

All paper choices offered by Wholesale Artist Giclee are acid free and archival. If you read through the paper descriptions you will find a variety of archival 100% cotton rag papers plus more affordable alpha-cellulose conservation grade papers.