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The challenge of archival conservation

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Title: The challenge of archival conservation
Author(s): Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn
Subject(s): Conservation Archives
Abstract: The field of archival preservation is increasingly recognized as an area of specialization within the broader discipline of preservation of artistic and cultural works. Archival preservation is akin to both fine art and library preservation; but, while it shares common approaches and philosophical concerns with each of these fields, there are also several important differences. In large part, these differences relate to the nature of archival materials. Unlike fine art collections, archival records are generally intended to be used and handled by a variety of researchers. Although there are possibilities for duplicating or reformatting unstable or fragile records, large quantities of archival materials in original formats still must be capable of being used and handled. Paper must flex and bindings must function as vehicles both to protect and to allow access to information. Fine art holdings even study collections are subjected to much less (and less rigorous) handling than are archival materials.
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In K.L. Henderson and W.T. Henderson (eds) Conserving and preserving material in nonbook format (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 6-9, 1988): 127-134.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (30th : 1988)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0878450807
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10

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