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Disaster recovery and natural history collections

From: Andrea Maierhoffer <amaierho>
Date: Friday, March 20, 1998
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I am a conservation intern putting together a disaster recovery plan
for natural history collections at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum as
my research project. The museum has a current disaster plan with
prevention and very general first response information.

I have been asked to prepare instructions for the people who will be
treating the collections. I have found several articles that
describe in adequate detail how to treat library and archival
collections but almost nothing about natural history collections.
Unfortunately our museum did experience a fire 8 years ago, so I do
have first hand information about soot removal from animal and bird
mounts. I have copies of the 2 papers given at an AIC meeting in
1993 by the conservators from our museum. There was no water damage
to collections.

I am interested in hearing from other people who have experience
with post-disaster recovery of natural history collections from any
of the following events: fire/soot, water, chemical exposure (as
from fire suppression or accidental emission from a factory)

I have searched the CoOL archives, the 2 "Storage of Natural History
Collections..." sold by the SPNHC, the NIC's Emergency Response and
Salvage Wheel, SPNHC journals, IIC-CG journals, AIC journals, and
tried to get to the NHCOLL-L archives several times, but the links
don't seem to work anymore.

Andrea Maierhoffer
Conservation intern
Royal Saskatchewan Museum

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