Preservation & Media Specialist
The Georgia Archives
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Morrow, GA 30260
-----Original Message-----At 09:09 AM 8/11/2004 -0400, Watsky, Lance wrote in part:
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] audio reel archival containers
My concern with your posting, is when you mentioned that "cardboard boxes would work well". It needs to be added that the "old" cardboard boxes are usually not inert to begin with, and have a very high Ph, they will decompose over time and eventually give off acid on their own. Certainely, we have all seen old acetate tapes that have turned brown, sometimes even leaving an imprint of the plastic reel. Since this is true, then the acid that is emitted from the breakdown of the cardboard boxes will actually help to speed up the deterioration, unless new inert boxes are utilized.
I added the bold italics and would like to suggest that perhaps when you see the imprint of the reel on the box and the box is more deteriorated outside the imprint of the reel that is the time the box is obtaining some of its acid from the tape.
Anyway, that is one possible interpretation and that was what I meant in my original post about the box acting something like a molecular sieve.
Just my, ummm, out-of-the-box thinking <ka-ching>.