Anyone caring for paper-based cultural collections realizes that many of them become fragile and break down over time. This session will explore the materials and structures that make up paper-based collections, as well as the various factors, both internal and external, that contribute to deterioration.
SESSION 4: CARING FOR PAPER COLLECTIONS
As discussed in the previous sessions, archival collections are susceptible to damage and deterioration from a wide range of causes. This session will explore the materials and structures that make up paper-based collections, as well as the various factors, both internal and external, that contribute to deterioration.
In most cases, the materials found in cultural collections are composite structures. Conservation professionals spend many years studying properties of collections materials, perfecting their examination and treatment skills so that they are able to identify each component of a particular format. This session will provide a general familiarity with the mechanisms of deterioration, which will be a valuable tool for evaluating the overall condition of your collections, and focusing your preservation activities.
This session will help you:
- become familiar with the history of papermaking, and how this process effects longevity;
- understand the materials and structures that make up paper-based collections;
- explore the interaction of component materials and the role of external factors in deterioration;
- learn what to look for when evaluating the general condition of your collections’ and
- identify additional resources to help you learn more about the mechanisms of deterioration.
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