Re: Preservation Questions
- I wonder if you can help me with a similar situation. My great aunt kept a
scrapbook of any published event that affected her family and friends. The
articles have been a treasure trove of clues when trying to put together this
tree. However, the articles were placed one on top of the other, and I am
afraid I would damage the upper ones (and maybe even the lower ones) by
peeling them off. Do you know of any way to remove them safely?
Thanks in advance for your help.
> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 11:08:27 -0700
> From: Michael McColgin <mimccol@...>
> Subject: Re: Preservation Questions
> >I was asked by a class participant last night about what to do with a turn
> >of the century atlas that has pictures and newspaper clippings throughout
> >it. How do you preserve it?
> She needs to segregate the newspaper items, or the acids in them will
> migrate (if they haven't already) onto other materials. She needs to get
> some alkaline buffered tissue to use for interleaving. It's available from
> many conservation suppliers including Light Impressions and Conservation
> Rsources on the East Coast and Metal Edge on the West Coast.
> Have the pictures been added to atlas? Are they photos?
> >What do you do with the early 1900 pictures that are still in glass frames
> >the black paper backings that are falling off the backs? Keep them in the
> >frames? Reframe them? Put them in albums? She likes the historical
> >significance of the photos in the original frames, but wants to know
> >what's best for the photos.
> If she wants to keep in the photos in their original frames, she needs to
> replace the mat boards with a good quality mats. If the pictures are common
> size, it shouldn't be too expensive to use pre-cut sizes. She needs a
> window mat (or spacers) to keep the front of the photo from touching the
> glass, then a full mat in back. Local framers can help or she can check
> out Light Impressions. Museum Board is the usual generic name for
> conservation-quality mats.
> Michael McColgin
> Conservation Officer
> Arizona History and Archives Division
- If possible, photocopy or scan the articles. If the clippings are newspaper
they will get brittle and crumble eventually anyway. When I obtain old clips
I photocopy on acid free paper. It is the information that is important, not