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Title: Decisions in conservation and preservation in the conservation laboratory
Author(s): Kuflik, Louise
Subject(s): Conservation Preservation
Abstract: The decision to conserve has already been made when a book is brought to a conservation studio. It means that the material has been found to have some intrinsic or artifactual value. What to conserve is the decision of the librarian, the archivist, or the bibliophile. How to conserve it is fundamentally the decision of the conservator, often made in conjunction with the custodian of the material or at least with his/her consent. All decisions are made after a careful examination and testing of the material and a thoughtful assessment of the techniques available. Unfortunately, the question of cost must enter into the discussion because book and paper conservation is a craft almost entirely executed by hand. Conservators employ timehonored techniques, sometimes supplemented by modern technological advances, but always guided by the principle of reversibility in deference to the historical, cultural or aesthetic importance of the materials with which they deal and with an awareness of the possibility that some better technique or material may come along later in this developing field.
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Kuflik, L. (1983) Decisions in conservation and preservation in the conservation laboratory. 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): 135-146.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (27th : 1981)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/458
ISBN: 087845067X
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-30
 

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