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Title: Preservation of Paper Based Materials: Mass Deacidification Methods and Projects
Author(s): Harris, Carolyn
Subject(s): Preservation of materials Library materials--Conservation and restoration Deacidification
Abstract: When I was first asked to update my 1979 Library Journal paper on mass deacidification processes, I thought it would be simple. I could just write "nothing's happened," and go on my way, or just say "there's not yet a good process" and leave it at that. But I found that there is still a lot of controversy regarding deacidification within the preservation profession. In the first month of research into new developments in mass deacidification, I heard or read "morpholine is the only viable process," "I looked at the Canadian Archives project, it looks great," "diethyl zinc is the only way to go," "VPD is the best method of deacidification." I began quickly to realize that the issue has not been settled and probably won't be for some time. My other thought, that nothing has happened since 1979, 1 found was also not true. There have been several developments; two of the three processes are being tested right now, and information will soon be available on their efficacy and licensing for commercial use. I know that this has been said for years, and it may be several more years before one is commercially available, but no longer because diere is not a viable working process. We are still in a transitional stage, nothing is yet in an actual operational phase.
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Harris, C. (1983) Preservation of Paper Based Materials: Mass Deacidification Methods and Projects. In K.L. Henderson and W.T. Henderson (eds) Conserving and preserving library materials (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 15-18, 1981): 57 -71.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (27th : 1981)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/453
ISBN: 087845067X
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-30
 

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