Preservation and Conservation for Libraries and Archives
"When materials aren't available due
to deterioration, missing pages, disconnected covers, or other problems, it can
be frustrating for users and librarians alike. The answer is to provide
appropriate care for the collection from the outset, while also guiding staff on
making needed repairs. In Preservation and Conservation, two experts show
library administrators and decision makers optimal collection preservation
techniques, what it takes to set up a conservation work area, and safe ways to
mount a small exhibit. In between those responsible for repairs will find easily
learned, step-by-step instructions to repair and conserve books and documents.
Appendixes include care of photographs as well as suppliers lists and additional
resources. For any library, archive, or historical society committed to getting
materials back into circulation as quickly as possible, this reference offers a
one-stop solution. From the issues relevant to directors to hands-on
instructions for technicians, it's an excellent reference for the entire
Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual
museums hold over 4 million cubic feet of archival materials and 7 million
volumes of bound materials. This comprehensive, user friendly guide to
preservation of paper-based library and archival materials focuses on preventing
or slowing down their deterioration. The manual includes information on
preservation planning, storage, emergency procedures, environmental standards
and monitoring equipment, digital imaging concerns, and other preservation
issues. Also included are lists of conservation service and supply companies,
and illustrated procedures, checklists, and reading lists, making this a
complete resource for any museum or archive."
Conservation of Photographs
"Technical and professional information on the stability of the photographic image, both black-and-white and color. Recommended for anyone interested in photo preservation and fine-art photography. Covers restoration of deteriorated images, preservation through reproduction, storage, display, and more."
A Preservation Guide: Saving the Past & Present for the Future
The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color
Prints, Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures
"Don't let accumulated certificates, photographs, documents, and other family heirlooms deteriorate in files or shoe boxes. This book provides simple guidelines to ensure that your fragile treasures will survive for future generations. The author offers specific instructions for maintaining and storing everything from paper and photographs to motion picture film, sound recordings, and textiles. She also provides tips on recovering from disasters such as floods and fires. "
"An important source of information for any institution charged with the preservation of color prints, negatives, color slides, motion pictures, and black and white prints. Twenty illustrated chapters cover all aspects of color preservation, plus comprehensive recommendations on the storage and display of black and white photographs."
Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents
"Genealogists and non-genealogists alike inherit diaries, memoirs, letters, papers, or memorabilia from their relatives and ancestors. This book shows readers how to safely collect, preserve, and even publish some of these treasured heirlooms.
"Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents is filled with practical, readable, guidelines, useful tips, and ideas on how to: locate, organize, and transcribe family documents; care for fragile, older papers; annotate and illustrate documents; conduct historical research; construct a documentary volume; publish heirloom documents."
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
This one kept me awake at night for a long, long time! It is a must-read for anyone who loves old newspapers and books!
Nicholson Baker attacks the archiving practices of libraries. His witty,
passionate, persuasive, and highly informed polemic argues that the urgency with
which librarians convert newspapers and brittle books into microfilm, and
dispose of original textual works, stinks of specious cost-cutting agendas--and
results in the loss of valuable archival information. (And who knew there was a
microfilm lobby in Washington?) A New York Times Notable Book for 2001."
The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms
"It can take hours to research family history and it is easy to become inundated with stuff - paper records, recordings, photographs, notes, artifacts, and more information than one would imagine could ever exist. The usefulness of the collection is in the organization - using computers, archival boxes, files, and forms to help you put your hands on what you need when you need it. Also included, in this book, are instructions on the best ways to store and preserve one-of-a-kind family relics. Fifth in the National Genealogical Society's Guide series, The Organized Family Historian will follow the same user-friendly format that makes the other books helpful at any level of genealogical experience. The NGS offers readers 100 years of research and experience."
Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions
This is the definitive book on
preserving by the man who has overseen the Smithsonian's preservation of
everything from the papers of our founding fathers to the Fonz's leather jacket.
"From a fragile antique quilt to a child's macaroni artwork, this book offers expert advice on saving those priceless objects from entropy for the "museum of you." Williams, senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institute, shares his extensive knowledge on the art of preservation, offering at-home techniques for battling damage from light, humidity, rodents and other pests, like careless friends and family members. Divided into easily navigable chapters, the book offers step-by-step guidelines, lists of supplies needed and numerous rules for preserving everything from "family treasures" to "really valuable stuff," with specifics on caring for objects including record players, political memorabilia, fine art, vintage clothing and more. Sidebars detail tips (e.g. how to turn the pages of a vintage book), bust myths (don't store silver in plastic wrap-it'll cause tarnish) and offer "Smithsonian Stories," quirky anecdotes about the Institution's collection. Peppered with personal stories by Jaggar, an amateur collector, about her past maintenance mess-ups, the book is written in clear, concise language that explains these professional techniques to any reader looking to safeguard his loot."
Your Family Photographs
Ounce of Prevention: A Guide to the Care of Papers & Photographs