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Exhibiting paper

From: Brenda Bernier <bernier3<-a>
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Patricia S. Griffin <cuprorivaite [at] hotmail__com> writes

>Has anyone researched/evaluated exhibition mounting tapes? What
>methods do you recommend for display of fragile historic paper
>artifacts.

Instead of attaching the encapsulated document to a backing board,
you might want to try a "back and wrap" technique. The document is
placed on a piece of archival matboard, sized just larger than the
object. Mylar is then wrapped around the document and secured
directly to the back of the matboard. It's a safe technique and
looks very clean on display.

When the object is taken off exhibition, the mylar is simply slit
open to release the document--no struggling with adhesive tape is
necessary. Since the document is not encapsulated, it will need to
be placed in a sleeve for storage.

Brenda Bernier
Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator
Weissman Preservation Center
Harvard University Library


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