The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 8, Number 1a
Feb 1984


Literature

Conferences & Professional Publications

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Color for the Hand Papermaker, by Elaine Koretsky. Carriage House Press, 8 Evans Road, Brookline, MA 02146. 1983. Regular ed. $35, including domestic shipping; special ed. (with 148 samples), $200. More information on this later; a significant publication.

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Christopher Clarkson. Limp Vellum Binding and Its Potential as a Conservation Type Structure for Rebinding of Early Printed Books. Hitchin: Red Gull Press, 1984. iv + 24 pp. Limited ed. of 200 copies.

This is a revised but not updated version of a paper given at the ICOM Committee for Conservation meeting, Venice, 1975. $40 from Red Gull Press, St. Bridgets, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, Herts, England. Available in sheets for $36.

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Bernard C. Middleton. Restoration of Leather Bindings. 2d ed. Chicago: ALA, 1984. $25.00

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"OSHA Hazard Communication Standard," by Michael McCann. Art Hazards News 6: 1, 4 (Nov. 1983). Gives the nature and implications of the OSHA rule that requires employers to inform workers about hazards of the chemicals they work with. The rule lacks teeth that were in an earlier version but may make Material Safety Data Sheets easier to get.

The same issue contains Monona Rossol's column, "The Young at Art," which this time considers silica, because the TLVs for some forms have been lowered. Silica gel and diatomaceous earth have TLVs of 5 mg/m3, which puts them only in the "nuisance" category unless they contain over 1% quartz or (in the case of diatomaceous earth) it has been heat-treated. Mineral (not chemical) analyses are necessary to determine the form end particle size, which make all the difference.

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The cost of subscribing to Restaurator has come down from about $50 to about $37. Subscription orders should go to Munksgaard International Publishers, 35 Nörre Sögade, DK-1370 Copenhagen K, Denmark, or to any bookseller.

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The Spring 1983 issue of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, v.22 #2 (actually received December 1983) has two interesting articles in it:

J. K. Hutchins. Water-stained Cellulosics: A Literature Review

Robert Futernick. Leaf Casting on the Suction Table

The first one considers some strange phenomena connected with the formation of "tide lines" or "water marks" on paper or textiles that have been partly wet and then dried. They do not appear to be due to migration of degradation products, but have characteristics in common with foxing.

The second is a revised version of the excellent paper on this same title given by the author at the May 1982 meeting of the AIC Book and Paper Group.

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Technology and Conservation, Summer 1983 (v.8 #~2), focuses on disaster planning, assistance, preparedness, prevention and recovery.

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"Fumigation at the B.C. Provincial Museum," by David Hill-man. IIC-CG Newsletter 9 (2): 6-9, Dec. 1983. Explains current fumigation policy and reason for discontinuing use of EtO. 15 references.

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Leather Conservation: A Current Survey, James Jackman, ed. London: Leather Conservation Centre, 1982. 23 pp. £5.00 from Leather Conservation Centre at their new address, Leather Trade House, Kings Park Road [B?]oulton Park, Northampton, NN3 lJD, England. Based on the [J?]amieson Report of a survey of leather conservation facilities, most of which were in England, and almost all of which were museums. No library conservation facilities were visited, though the British Library was consulted. Despite the emphasis on museum problems (wet leather and objects made wholly of leather), a surprisingly large part of this book relates to library conservation either directly or indirectly.

After summarizing the main types of procedures used on wet or dry leather and expressing certain reservations about their safety (for the object) and effectiveness, Jackman lists a number of topics "where critical analysis of available information, coupled with limited laboratory studies, might be expected to result in the production of recommendations which would be of immediate help to conservators and archivist s"--in other words, where a little research could go a long way. These topics include dressings, consolidants, adhesives, cleaning procedures, pest control, fungus control and environmental recommendations. A longer-term research topic, involving a larger investment, would concern factors in the hardening or embrittlement of leather. The Centre hopes in the future to be able to carry out some of this research on contract, and to offer courses to train conservators in leather conservation. Specialist courses in leather conservation are not taught anywhere, apparently.

Bibliographies and Other Lists

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Bibliography Newsletter, Index, v.6-10 (Jan. 1978-Dec. 1982). This 24-page document in fine print is not only a great finding aid but interesting reading in places. Some sample entries:

bicycle, feared would spell the doom of publishing: 9/3.39

book snakes, available from the Newberry: 10/9.33

Harris, Patricia, her supposed chapter in Henry Morris's blank book on Fine printing in the US: 9/1.3

mice, could not get through Shaw's first novel: 9/3.21

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A Selected Bibliography on Paper Conservation, Vol. 1 T954 -December 1981, comp. by Nancy Bittner [from the

Graphic Arts Literature Abstracts and other T&E Center Information Service Resources]. Technical and Education Center of the Graphic Arts, RIT, Rochester, NY, 1983. 20 pp., 91 abstracts from 31 periodicals. $15.

This bibliography is available for reviewing. The reviewer gets to keep the book.

Standards & Practical Guides

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IIC-CG Manual on Conference Organization. Recently completed. Not advertised for sale, but may be available to nonmembers.

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Sidney Caller, "Care end Handling of Computer Magnetic Storage Media." National Bureau of Standards, 1983. $5.50 from U.S. Government Printing Office, stock #003 003-02486-4.

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Madeline Perez, Andy Raymond and Ann Swartzell, "The Selection and Preparation of Archives and Manuscripts for Microproduction [Microreproduction?]" Library Resources & Technical Services 27: 357-365, Oct.-Dec. 1983.

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St. Louis Area Resources for Library Conservation and Disaster Preparedness: A Bibliography and Checklist. 1983. $4 from St. Louis Regional Library Network Office, 9929 Manchester, Suite 258, St. Louis, MO 63122.

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The Book Preservation Center. Kit #1. $43 from the Center, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 104S8. Not a book, but a self-teaching kit on preservation enclosures, in the form of an accordion book with a pocket in each "page." Each pocket holds instructions and a model ready for assembly.

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Book Longevity: Reports of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity. Washington, DC: Council on Library Resources, 1982. 19 pp. This is the final form of the reports on books end paper turned in by the committee before it went out of existence. Available on request from CLR.

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Catalog of American National Standards, by American National Standards Institute, 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, 1983. 188 pp. $10 + $2 handling. This is en annual publication that had five supplements in 1983. It lists hundreds of formal standards set or "sponsored" by about 70 organizations including ASHRAE, ASTM, National Bureau of Standards, National Fire Protection Association, and TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry). (ASTM, however, has quit listing its new and revised standards with ANSI; no very recent ASTM standards are in the catalog.)

The main list is alphabetical by subject. Some useful or interesting subjects are: Air, Certification, Copying, Eye and Face Protection, Fire Alarms, First Aid Kits, Heating end Air Conditioning, Humidity, Labs, Leather, Library and Publishing Practices (the famous Z-39 committee that we hear about at ALA meetings), Micrographics, Office Machines and Supplies, Paper, Photography--Processing, Polymers, Quality Assurance (includes sampling and surveys), Refrigeration, Roofs and Roofing, Safes, Solutions, Tapes (includes woven tape, heat aging of tape and pressure-sensitive tapes), Toxic Dusts and Gases--Acceptable concentrations, and Ventilation. Anyone considering a large purchase, or in the process of setting major policies involving these or other subjects would do well to know about the relevant standards, to be sure their money and time was well spent and that they got what they contracted for. The standards are short booklets costing about $5.00 each, technical and explicit. They are reviewed and updated at intervals as necessary by committees formed for this purpose.

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ARL Office of Management Studies. Spec Kit #100: Collection Security in ARL Libraries. Washington, DC: ARL, 1984. 94 pp. $15 ($7.50 to members).

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Steve Meltzer's column on craft photography in the January Crafts Report describes three ways to get black and white prints from color slides or prints.

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"Pergamentfälze in Ledereinbänden," by S. E. Bilge. Allgemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbinderein, p. 66-67, 1975. 3 diagrams. Describes an alternative to the zigzag endleaf. Not translated yet.

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