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Hi Joan Who are the people and web sites I should contact about preserving volatile chemicals of objects of ladies costume accessories (used footwear) for long term? I will need long term packing and storage solutions with the most important element of preserving the original odor of each object for as long as possible. You said in the last post a shoe museum would deal with the preservation of the items so that would be a good choice. A lady who does not work in a shoe museum answered I'm afraid my expertise is in the basic biomedical sciences and I cannot provide any sure-fire advice to preserve these items in a safe and archival manner. I would suggest you contact professionals in the area of fabric storage - most dry cleaners in the city will store furs and winter clothes during the summer. They must have some cold storage or nitrogen gas storage or some other means to slow bacterial growth (bacteria from the skin generate the body odor we can smell). A research librarian thinks contacting a researcher that focuses on olfaction is a good idea. These scientists have all written about the science of smell. Another scientist answered this question is for an archivist. In particular, I would ask people who study historical perfumes. In general, keeping things stored in an airtight container, preferably even vacuum sealed, keeps the aromatic chemicals trapped. A conservator told me vacuum sealing would tend to extract the very volatile chemicals I wish to preserve. Another scientist said to preserve scent you will need climate control to lessen the off gassing. Maybe an expert in climate control will be able to provide long term packing and storage solutions for the ladies used footwear. A man who is not a scientist said anoxic storage may be what you are looking for but I have no idea if the odors will persist and survive. A Curator of a museum asked if I have spoken with anyone in the food preservation industry. Someone involved with long term storage and shipping for instance. In terms of the methodology for storing women's shoes/boots I will need people who have experience in this process that will provide long term packing and long term storage solutions for the ladies footwear with preserving the original odor of each object for as long as possible. I wish to cover all angles with this project. I'm thinking a shoe museum with a textile chemist would be among the top of the list of who to contact since chemistry is the branch of science that deals with fragrance. Thank you! Only Joan to answer. If another expert answers he or she will not get paid. Thank you for your understanding.