Archival VHS Videocassette Housings


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Archival VHS Videocassette Housings


This image illustrates the kind of archival housing we use for a common analog video format here at the library, a VHS videocassette tape. The tape’s original paper-based housing can be seen on the left. On the right is a polypropylene case made specifically for use with VHS cassettes. The archival videotape case is essentially just a larger version of the cases used on audiocassette tapes. The inert plastic case clasps together and creates an airtight seal that keeps any water, dust, and debris away from the magnetic media. If stored with the proper climate controls, the original paper-based sleeve can be placed, with the tape inside of it, within the archival housing.



“Archival VHS Videocassette Housings,” KU Libraries Exhibits, accessed July 15, 2024,