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New York experts on old books (fwd)

Hello Book Arts Folks!  I just subscribed to this list yesterday!  I'm an
Associate Law Librarian at the Baltimore County Circuit Court Law Library
who is interested in preservation issues in part because I will most
likely be cleaning up a whole room of old British case reporters and
Maryland state legal materials in the next few years.  So, I'm trying to
get up to speed with what it is I should be doing for these old book.  And
lo and behold, I get this following message from the law librarians'
listserv.  I thought I'd pass it along and let y'all take a crack at it.

Steve Anderson
Associate Law Librarian
Baltimore County Circuit Court Law Library

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 96 11:21:36 EDT
From: Ann Puckett <APUCKETT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: law-lib@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: New York experts on old books

There may be a more appropriate list for this question, but I couldn't identify
it if so.  We have a huge set of documents from the New York legislature.  It
dates from roughly 1852 to 1967.  Spine title varies, but the earliest volumes
and the bulk of the set says Assembly Documents.  Spines are leather.  The set
is in terrible condition, red rot outside and brittle paper that won't take eve
n one fold inside.  My question: are these books valuable enough that I should
take steps to preserve them?  Feel free to forward this message if you know of
a more appropriate list.

Ann Puckett
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
University of Georgia School of Law Library
Athens GA 30602-6018
Phone (706)542-5078
Fax (706)542-5001

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