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Mass deacidification

From: Nora Lockshin <metart2>
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 1998
Does anyone have any further information on the mass deacidification
system as mentioned in the NY Times, Arts & Leisure section front
page 3/17/98?  In the CoOL archive, there is a reference to this
project in an abstract from Abbey Newsletter, 1993.

        **** Moderator's comments: I'm not sure if these are the
        items you refer to. (NB There should be no newline in the
        following URLs)

        <URL:http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/
        an/an17/an17-2/an17-216.html>

        <URL:http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/
        an/an20/an20-6/an20-615.html

    Bound for Glory

    Preserving historic books will be faster and cheaper with the
    aid of a machine unveiled Monday in Leipzig, Germany. Library
    officials said the machine, the size of four small vans, could
    reinforce acid- and worm-eaten pages at 50 times the speed of
    manual restoration, for a quarter of the cost. The machine
    unbinds a book, neutralizes acid and reinforces damaged pages
    before rebinding the work.

    "We now have the chance to win the race against time and to
    preserve for future generations stacks of books that are
    important to cultural and scientific history," said Wolfgang
    Waechter, philologist at the Leipzig Book Conservation Center,
    curator at the German National Library and the machine's
    promoter. In addition to aiding books in Leipzig, the machine is
    expected to serve other collections in Germany and possibly in
    France.

Nora Lockshin
Book Conservation Dept.
Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
212-650-2891
Fax: 212-570-3847

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