Volume 14, Number 3, Sept 1992, p.37
WAAC member Gloria Fraser Giffords prepared this handsome guide (which opens up and becomes a poster or chart) to offer visitors to Spanish colonial mission sites a capsule history of the missions and their objectives. The guide describes and locates on a map 45 Spanish colonial missions in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, established between the 1500s and the early 1800s. A glossary of architectural terms specific to these missions is included, along with drawings of a characteristic mission from the exterior, a typical sanctuary, and a floor plan. Symbols commonly found in mission church decoration are explained, and a 16-item bibliography is provided.
The task force was "charged by the Commission to explore the problems of image preservation for scholarly research purposes in order to provide an informed foundation for a nationwide strategy for preservation of and access to these resources." Principal conclusions:
I. An important beginning can be made on the preservation of books and periodicals in the 1850-80 era in almost all disciplines that depend on images in texts. Microfilming can be used for most; exceptions can be handled by conservation. The film can serve as a interim technology until it can be converted to a standardized electronic medium.
II. The preservation of halftone illustrations in text...requires further exploration, including additional data about the distribution of images in texts and exploratory trials of alternative technologies for preservation. High contrast b&w microfilm does not reproduce halftone illustrations satisfactorily.
III. The available info. about the number and types of images in various kinds of publications in various epochs is insufficient for large ranges of time materials. Surveys are needed. IV. Further info. is needed about the effectiveness, costs and requirements of alternative technologies for preservation of post-1800 text-cum-image material.
"The Commission sponsored the inquiries into this project to learn more about the technical and operational implications of large-scale image scanning." (from inside cover)
"The Archivo General de Indias is operating a massive project to preserve and make accessible the contents of the 45 million documents and 7,000 maps and blueprints comprising the written heritage of Spain's 400 years in power in the Americas. The present objective is to scan about 10 percent of the archivo (or about eight million images) in preparation for the 1992 Seville World's Fair and the Columbus quincentenary." (from preface) A forthcoming 20-minute video about the project is mentioned in this publication.
Chinese librarians and archivists know that the condition of their collections presents a growing problem. However, in the provinces especially they have not yet put a label on the problem; there is no vocabulary to define it. Acidic paper brittle books, multifaceted approaches to preservation and permanent paper are all concepts unfamiliar to the vast majority...
Two major considerations...First is the highly centralized organization of academic institutions, including libraries. Even libraries that are innovative and open to new ideas, exchanges and collaboration with Western institutions cannot proceed... without...approval from...the State Education Commission and the Ministry of Culture....Also increased accessibility...is viewed by many with apprehension.
Second is the unavailability and high expense of equipment....We cannot bring our assumptions to bear on the China situation; our interpretation of an equitable exchange arrangement is not necessarily theirs. This should not keep us from trying to work together, a notion supported wholeheartedly by most of the people we met...
(from page 16)
Long out of print, this work has been revised and expanded to include additions to the FAMSF tapestry collection (now totaling 110 textiles). It remains an essential reference book for all those working with tapestries.
The cost is $29.95 softcover and $49.95 hardcover, plus tax within California, and $7.00 shipping (U.S.)/$10.00 shipping (foreign, including Canada). Copies can be obtained by mail, with a check payable to the Museum Stores, mailed to the Textile Conservation Lab, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
Sarah Gates, de Young Museum
This handy and eminently readable volume is the first comprehensive, practical care guide aimed at the average person who collects...experts share...secrets and philosophies about caring for art...concentrating on preventive maintenance how to watch for damage, and when and how to obtain professional help when damage does occur.
...Covers skills and tecniques in practical detail and gives thorough advice on selecting, specifying, purchasing, and applying materials.
The Care & Conservation of Geological Material: Minerals, Rocks,
Meteorites, and Lunar Finds
by Frank M. Howie. 1992. 280 pp. $74.95.
The Textile Conservator's Manual
2nd Edition by Sheila Landi. 1992. 368 pp. $130.
Manual of Curatorship: A Guide to Museum Practice,
John M. A. Thompson, Ed. 1992. 720 pp. $125.
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