Melissa Barker, the Houston County, Tennessee archivist has written an excellent post on Removing Staples Like an Archivist. Her advice comes at an opportune time since we will certainly encounter many documents with old paper clips and rusted staples. Melissa recommends using an archival micro spatula to pry open the prongs of the staples. We will have the spatulas on hand for volunteers to use as they prepare probate documents for imaging.
Removing Original Fasteners from Archival Documents also discusses removing old pins from documents. Many Lake County probate files were secured with straight pins.