The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 19, Number 3
Aug 1995


Supplies & Services

Note: Elizabeth Morse, Assistant Conservator at Harvard, is the column editor for "Supplies and Services," and her material appears first. Announcements from other sources follow. Suppliers should send their news and samples to Ms. Morse, Harvard University Library, Preservation Office, 59 Plympton St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617/495-8596, fax 496-8344).

A glove chart, assembled by Jahanvi Desai, a conservation volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, can be obtained through Janice Stagnitto, Book Conservation Laboratory, SISC Room 2117, MRC 806, Washington, DC 20560. It is 8 pages long and includes glove performance ratings for approximately 80 different substances.

Looking for Mass Deacidification of Paper/La Desacidification de Masse du Papier? Issued in 1992 by the Bibliothèque National, Paris, it is now distributed in the U.S. by the Bookbinder's Warehouse, Inc., 31 Division St., Keyport, NJ 07735. Their phone is 908/264-0306, and fax is 908-264-8266. This book, by Astrid-Christiane Brandt, is in both English and French, and is a comparative study of existing processes: Wei T'o, Bookkeeper, Akzo (DEZ), Lithco-FMC, Booksaver and the British Library process.

Block erasers--without the ink imprint--are now available through Bill Minter. The Staedtler Mars Plastic "Grand" eraser and the Eberhard Faber Magic Rub eraser are being supplied in blank form. You can reach Bill at 814/793-4020 or fax 814/793-4045.

Maps on Wheels. The Queensland City Office of the Australian Archives attached large swivel wheels with brakes to the two drafting tables they already had, and are using them to transport maps and plans to and from storage areas. They are very pleased with how the trolleys have worked out. They attached a 20mm strip projecting along the bottom edge, so the maps will not slide off when it is in the vertical position, and hung two large flexible luggage nets from the top edge, with hooks for them at the bottom, to keep them from buckling. It took only an hour and $132 to convert both tables. More information and two pictures are in the AICCM National Newsletter for June.

New Conservation Supplier. Roger Scott Blair, president of Conservation Support Systems, was showing his company's products at the AIC meeting in June. He is still adding to his product line. Address: 924 W. Pedregosa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-4622 (805/682-9843, fax 682-2064).

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