v.to transfer materials from a damaged or acidic folder into one that provides a safer environmentWarner 1978, 8At this time we decided to keep the materials generally in their existing order, but to remove them from their acidic files and refolder them in acid-free folders.Slotkin and Lynch 1982, 162At the beginning of the work on the Freeman papers, the processor and his student assistant started to refolder everything. It soon became apparent that refoldering would add several months to the project, even with the use of student labor.Desnoyers 1982, 14Traditionally, archivists have routinely refoldered most personal papers or manuscript collections regardless of the found state of the folders.Brown 1984, 12Refolder and rebox all material into acid-free folders and boxes.Barritt 1988, 341Eventually, a member of the restoration lab would refolder the numbers, place labels on the folders, and tie them in heavy cardboard portefeuilles, open at top and bottom to allow air circulation.Ritzenthaler 1990, 2The groups of records selected for holdings maintenance projects are chosen after weighing a variety of archival considerations, including intrinsic value, condition, and anticipated use of the records. In some instances it may be appropriate to do no more than rebox, or refolder and rebox a records series; in other cases, it will be appropriate to carry out the complete range of holdings maintenance actions.Boccaccio 1992, 64In processing, nineteen of the twenty-six institutions refolder while twenty-two rebox.Strom 2005, 110The TCU staff did not refolder or rebox the material. Special Collections staff did not refolder or rebox the material and did not arrange the material or conduct item-level conservation.Greene and Meissner 2005, 231Similarly, of the repositories that usually or always refolder twentieth-century collections into “archival” buffered folders, 37 have completely climate-controlled stacks.Weideman 2006, 280As for preservation, we refoldered only when original folders were falling apart.
The refoldering may be to another archival container, not always a folder, and is often done for preservation.