Open-reel Videotape

Open reel videotape comes in 1/2″, 1″, and 2″ widths, and dates from the 1960s to the 1980s.


Open reel videotape should be stored upright. Typically the open reel video is still in its original box, and can remain there if the box is in good condition, but if wrapped in plastic, remove the plastic. Longer reels may be too large to be housed in a standard box, and can be stored standalone. Place the ID label on the spine facing outward. Store in cool storage at the LSC (do not freeze).

At-Minimum Housing

Stand upright in original box. Magnetic media can generally cohabit with paper without any issues.

Typical Housing

House in record storage (Paige) boxes if the reels fit. If the reels are too large, barcode the reel box and store standalone.

High-End Housing

For large reels, store in LP or other specialty boxes that can accomodate their size.


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