Cubic feet

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Definition of Cubic Feet

One cubic foot equals exactly 1,728 cubic inches.[1].For archival purposes, a cubic foot is a "standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of the volume of space they occupy."[1]

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Calculating Cubic Feet

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To calculate cubic feet of document storage cases and other archival boxes of the same size, you will need to know the number of total linear feet of the boxes of the same size. In addition, you will need to know the width and height of those boxes in feet (as opposed to inches). Once all of the dimentions are in feet, simply multiply the three variables.

Equation: cf = Tlf * w * h

Example:


Standard-sized individual archival document cases (in inches) and their cubic feet equivalents.

Standard

  • 8 1/4 x 8 x 5 1/2
  • 8 1/2 x 6 x 7
  • 9 x 8 1/4 x 7
  • 9 x 11 x 2 1/2
  • 9 1/4 x 5 x 8 - Digest -
  • 9 1/2 x 12 x 4 1/2
  • 12 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 10 1/4 - Slim Letter -
  • 12 1/2 x 5 x 10
  • 12 1/4 x 5 x 10 1/4 - Letter -
  • 12 1/2" x 9" x 3" - Book Style Letter -
  • 12 1/4W x 10 1/4H x 2 1/2D
  • 12 1/4W x 10 1/4H x 5D
  • 14 x 11 x 4
  • 15 1/4 x 10.25" x 3" - Book Style Legal -
  • 15 1/4 x 2 1/5 x 10 1/4 - Slim Legal -
  • 15 1/4 x 5 x 10 1/4 - Legal -
  • 15 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2
  • 15 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 6
  • 15 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 5 3/8
  • 15 1/4W x 10 1/4H x 2D 1 2
  • 15 1/4W x 10 1/4H x 5D
  • 15 1/2W x 12 1/2H x 5D
  • 17 x 5 x 12 Print
  • 17 x 12W 12H x 5D
  • 17.25" x 11.5" x 3.25" - Book Style Music -

Oversized

  • 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 7
  • 15 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 7
  • 15 1/2 x 5 x 12.5 - Oversize Legal -
  • 18L x 13W x 3H
  • 22L x 15W x 2 1/2H
  • 23L x 17W x 2 1/2H
  • 25L x 19W x 2
  • 31L x 23W x 3H

Manuscript

  • 11 11/16L x 15 1/2W x 3 1/2H

Flat

  • 1 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 3
  • 13L x 11Wx 3H
  • 15L x 11W x 3H
  • 17 1/4L x 11 1/2W x 3 1/2H
  • 20L x 16W x 3 1/2H
  • 22 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 3

Textile

  • 30 x 18 x 6
  • 38 x 24 x 6
  • 40 x 18 x 6

Drop front

  • 10 x 13 3/4 x 2
  • 10 x 13 3/4 x 2 1/2
  • 10 x 14 X 3 1/2
  • 10 1/2L x 8 1/2W x 3H
  • 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 11 x 14 x 1 1/4
  • 11 x 14 3/4 x 2
  • 11 x 14 3/4 x 2 3/4
  • 11 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3
  • 11 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3
  • 12 x 15 x 2
  • 12 x 15 x 3 1/2
  • 12 1/2L x 9 1/2W x 3H
  • 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 14 x 18 3/4 x 2
  • 14 x 18 3/4 x 2
  • 14 1/2L x 11 1/2W x 3H
  • 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 15 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 15L x 11 1/2W x 3H
  • 16 x 22 x 2 1/2
  • 17 x 20 x 2
  • 18 1/2L x 14 1/2W x 3H
  • 18 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 20 x 25 x 2
  • 20 x 25 x 3 1/2
  • 20 1/2L x 16 1/2W x 3H
  • 20 1/2L x 16 1/2W x 1 1/2H
  • 24 1/2L x 20 1/2W x 3H
  • 24 1/2L x 20 1/2W x 1 1/2H
  • 25 x 36 x 2
  • 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/2
  • 28 1/2L x 22 1/2W x 3H


Standard-sized individual archival storage boxes (in inches) and their cubic feet equivalents.

  • 12 x 8 3/4 x 11.25
  • 15 x 6 x 10
  • 15 x 12 x 10
  • 15 x 12 1/2 x 10
  • 24 x 15 x 10


Standard-sized individual archival audio and video cassette storage boxes (in inches) and their cubic feet equivalents.

Standard-sized individual archival film, microfilm, microfiche, and negative storage boxes (in inches) and their cubic feet equivalents.

Small

  • 5 3/4L x 2 1/2W x 4 3/4H
  • 6 3/4L x 3 1/2W x 4 3/4H
  • 7 1/2L x 4 1/2W x 5 1/2H
  • 10.625L x 4W x 8.625H


Standard


Ultra Large

  • 10 1/2L x 8 1/2W x 1 1/2H
  • 14 3/4L x 11 3/4W x 2H
  • 17 3/4L x 7 3/4W x 2H
  • 17 3/4L x 14 3/4W x 2H
  • 20 3/4L x 8 3/4"W x 2H
  • 20 3/4L x 12 3/4W x 2H


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