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[BKARTS] Ballot Conservation question

Bill is absolutely correct, and encapsulation certainly has it's place. It is
relatively quick, inexpensive, and requires no great skill level.
Unfortunately encapsulation does not address the root problems if the
degradation is caused by more than mere bad handling. For example, if the
paper is highly acidic then encapsulation (which creates a micro-environment
within the envelope) without deacidification and buffering can actually
accelerate deterioration by trapping degradation byproducts. In addition, the
static hold created by the envelope can encourage the separation and lifting
of seriously brittle and fractured portions.
You might consider contacting the AIC (http://aic.stanford.edu/) or the
Newberry Library in Chicago to locate a paper conservator in you area.

James Tapley
Hand Bookbinder
2077 Thirteenth Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Tel 941 366 8248

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