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Survey on letterpress copying books

From: Beth Antoine <beth<-a>
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The following survey is part of a research project investigating the
preservation and conservation implications of letterpress copying
books.

    <URL:http://bethantoine.copybooks.sgizmo.com>

The data from the survey will become the basis of a summary of, not
only the current conditions and preservation needs of copying books
in North American archival collections, but also current
conservation practices and storage issues related to copying books.
Examination, testing, and treatment of a selection of copying books
will be performed, and recommendations for storage, handling, and
treatment will be made.

Letterpress copying books can be found in most archival collections
in the Western world.  They contain an enormous amount of
information relating to the history of our culture, and many are
quickly deteriorating to the point that information is being lost.
Copying books often contain the only extant version of a record as
the originals were routinely discarded or lost.  Because the
materials with which they were made are unique to copying books,
their preservation needs are also unique.

I would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey.  I am
a student in the Book and Paper Conservation graduate program at the
University of Texas at Austin and am conducting this research as an
independent study project. Please follow the link below to submit
your survey. The survey should require approximately 10-20 minutes
to complete.  Thank you for your time.

Beth Antoine
Candidate, MSIS/CAS Conservation
Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record
School of Information
University of Texas at Austin


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