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Lamination guidelines

From: Natalie Firnhaber <firnhabn>
Date: Friday, May 23, 2003
"Guidelines for the Care of Works on Paper with Cellulose Acetate
Lamination" is now available online from the Anthropology
Conservation Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution:
<URL:http://www.nmnh.si.edu/anthro/conservation/lamination>

Laminated papers, present in archives across the country, may pose
serious problems for archival collections. Lamination was a popular
preservation method adopted by many institutions handling large
collections of archival materials. First introduced in the 1930s, it
quickly became the primary choice for repairing and strengthening
papers on a large scale. Conservators now recognize that the
materials used in lamination may degrade, damaging the very objects
they were intended to preserve.

This report:

    *   explains the major problems associated with lamination

    *   provides a key to determining if a collection includes
        laminated papers

    *   describes how to assess the condition of laminated objects

    *   outlines steps that archivists and collection managers can
        take to reduce risks to their collections

    *   provides a list of resources for further study

    *   provides a glossary of lamination terms

The Guidelines were developed as part of a larger conservation
project to address the needs of the artwork collection of the
National Anthropological Archives. Major funding for the project was
provided by the Getty Grant Program and Save America's Treasures.

For additional information, contact:

    Greta Hansen
    hansen.greta [at] nmnh__si__edu
    Department of Anthropology
    NMNH-MRC 112
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 73012
    Washington, DC 20013-7012


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