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Re: [BKARTS] Book & Magazine Care


I'd be concerned about storing paper materials of any sort in an unheated, unconditioned space, especially in an area like yours. Cycling temperatures, RH, general cleanliness of the area, and perhaps an even more important problem—insects, mice, would lead me to counsel against using your garage to store this collection. I think you would be wiser to keep them inside, where the environment is controlled. Two years is really not long enough to notice a lot of degradation, but be sure there is some. And it isn't reversible.

I don't see much problem from putting doors on the bookshelves and displaying posters. I think I'd provide some kind of ventilation, however. Wood tends to outgas some, and the Sauder shelf units are particle-board, which is going to outgas even more. I'd be more comfortable if these chemicals escaped and didn't build up in a confined space.

Eugene, OR

On Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at 07:59 AM, Mark Jensen wrote:


I have a fairly large collection of books (both hard cover and soft - sizes
range from small pb size to large oversize) and magazines (stored in sleeves
w/backing boards in mag boxes).

I live in the Dallas Texas area and currently all books and magazines are kept
in the house (air-conditioned, no direct sunlight, etc).

The books fill several book cases (sauder type and a couple better quality hard
wood, but same style book cases).

1. I am running out of space and was wondering how damaging it may be to store
the magazines in the garage (no heat or air so temps would range from the 30's
in the winter to 100+ in the summer. I have had some old work books and binders
stored in the garage for a couple of years now without any noticeable adverse

2. I also collect vintage posters and with all of my bookcases, etc don't have
the wall space available to display as many as I would like. I was thinking of
building doors for the bookcases (all are open to the front) that I could
display posters on the front of. Would lack of air circulation, etc harm the

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