We had a great turnout at the November GNSI-DC meeting. It was announce
the internal museum list so we had a number of museum staff as well. The
presentation on paper conservation by Mary E. Studt of the Smithsonian
Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) was an overview of the
factors to consider when buying materials; the types of degradation that
can occur to art and why; as well as some storage and display suggestions.
One prominent conservation storage treatment for paper works seems to be
the custom creation of encapsulating mylar bags. The bag will either be
left open on one or two sides for easy access, or actually sealed when
possible (the degradation compounds that may be in the art or paper will
effect this choice) often a buffer sheet is included to soak up bad stuff.
Mary also said you could outfit yourself with paper testing supplies to
check the most common problems in paper (~$45).
The best thing was an extensive hand out with resource information.
The bulk of this can be accessed through the web at the following
locations. It unfortunately seems to lack any web site coordination:
Super site for Digital Inkjet output conservation and aging info.!
SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR MATERIALS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (multilingual
RESCUING RECORDS - RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEMS OF PRESERVING DOCUMENTS IN
CARING FOR PAPER ARTIFACTS
Basic steps in paper-making, relating those steps to the chemical and
physical properties of materials.
Teaching with Time Capsules
PAPER-BASED MATERIALS GUIDELINES
Preservation: Identifying Problems and Solutions Facing Paper-Based
Preservation Problem Areas
Preservation Principals for Paper-Based Collections
PAPER CONSERVATION COURSE -Bookbinding Session
Calander of events for the RELACT organization (we are listed in the Nov.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
ADDITIONAL NEDCC TECHNICAL LEAFLETS
TEMPERATURE, RELATIVE HUMIDITY, LIGHT, AND AIR QUALITY: BASIC GUIDELINES
PROTECTING PAPER AND BOOK COLLECTIONS DURING EXHIBITION
STORAGE METHODS AND HANDLING PRACTICES
SELECTION OF SUITABLE-QUALITY STORAGE ENCLOSURES FOR BOOKS AND ARTIFACTS
MATTING AND FRAMING FOR ART AND ARTIFACTS ON PAPER
STORAGE ENCLOSURES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN MATTING AND HINGING
PRESERVATION SUPPLIERS AND SERVICES
Archives and Preservation Resources
Products Tested by the NARA Research and Testing Laboratory (1991-present)
Introduction to Housing Enclosures for Archival Records
Image Permanence Institute at RIT (Photgraphic arhive research)
The talk was interesting and the web resources are great for explorationon
the subject. This might be worth listing in the newsletter and adding the
links to the GNSI web site?
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Searchable art by subject: Science, Nature, and Medicine.
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Washington, DC 20044
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