Ron Kley

  • I know of several organizations, using PastPerfect, that have combined artifacts (including books of historical significance, reference “library” books, and some books maintained and used as visual “props” into a single database for tracking purposes, incororating an “L” or a “P” as a leading character in the ObjectID field to differentiate the…[Read more]

  • I absolutely concur with all of the good reasons that have been cited for not accepting “permanent” or “indefinite” loans.
    That said, I’ve known several situations that seemed to warrant a bending or breaking of that general rule — where a one-of-a-kind item, central to an institution’s mission, is simply not available as an outright donation or…[Read more]

  • A few further thoughts –
    Janice has correctly pointed out that you may (probably will) be dealing with a number of different authorities at both the state and federal levels, and it will be important to figure out which authority has jurisdiction over which confiscated items. (The authorities and their designated spokespersons may not be entirely…[Read more]

  • Hi Clair —

    I claim no experience with predator feathers or confiscation procedures, but would offer a few thoughts in regard to the general challenge of dealing with any bureaucracy in matters concerning the interpretation or enforcement of codes, regulations, etc.

    Try to arrange a face-to-face meeting with an agency representative –…[Read more]

  • From what I’ve seen in museums and in laboratories of various sorts, glass doesn’t stain easily, and any residual surface stains can be quite easily swabbed away. I’d be inclined to suggest tea as a reasonable liquor lookalike (assuming that the original booze was something of the bourbon/rye sort).
    Although you probably wouldn’t be hauled into…[Read more]

  • It’s worth remembering that most (in fact, nearly all, general purpose paper being manufactured today is “acid free,” and will pass the pH pen test. This is because the papermakers add calcium carbonate to the peper pulp to neutralize its acidity — not out of kindness to curators and archivists, but to extend the life of their machinery. Go into…[Read more]

  • I agree with the idea of a video inventory, or its equivalent in overlapping still images, as a quick and easy starting step. If you’ll send me your e-mail address, ( I’ll be happy to send you a published paper on “Production Line Cataloging” which, I think will offer some useful ideas that were, in part, a by-roduct of processing…[Read more]

  • There are very few postcard stamps of the early 20th (or late 19th) century whose philatelic value would offset the cost of an appraisal or the effort involved in marketing them to a dealer or to private collectors. If such stamps are retained as integral elements of the postcards they won’t diminish in their market value, if any, and they could…[Read more]

  • I don’t claim to be a conservator, but I susoect that a conservator familiar with the problems of wood exposed to weather might suggest impregnating the wood with a fairly high molecular weight of polyethylete glycol (aka PEG). It’s essentially a water-soluble wax. You’d need to dis-assemble the bench (unless you can find a heated tank big enough…[Read more]

  • ‘fraid I can’t subscribe to the doctrine that all accessioned items deserve the same level of curatorial and/or conservation care. That might be true in a perfect world, but in the one we live and work in rational professional judgment should recognize that although a cracked teacup and a Picasso painting might exist in the same collection they do…[Read more]

  • It’s worth remembering that not all collection management software permits an across-the board search of all fields for a text string such as “silver polish.” Under those circumstances, if the object name is merely “jar” and the more specific indformation about its contents might be in any of several other fields (e.g, description or other name,…[Read more]

  • Ron Kley replied to the topic WWII Cloth Map in the forum Group logo of C2C Online CommunityC2C Online Community 1 year ago

    This query raises an interesting dichotomy between conservation best practices and interpretive integrity. I believe that the maps in question were issued primarily, if not exclusively, to pilots and air crews to […]

  • Ron Kley replied to the topic Past Perfect 4.0 in the forum Group logo of C2C Online CommunityC2C Online Community 1 year ago

    Piece of cake! Backing up to an external drive (be it a hard drive, thumb drive, flash card or whatever) is one of the standard backup menu options in PP4. I assume the same is true of PP5, but I can’t personally […]

  • This has long been a topic of discussion among personnel of “living history” sites, where objects are often displayed in an outdoor setting, or in a “hands-on” use context. There is general agreement in then field […]

  • I’m not a conservator, but have discussed the “bugs in wood” problem with conservators. I’ve been told that freezing, by itself, will not destroy all boring insects, but a fairly rapid repetition of freeze/thaw […]

  • Ron Kley replied to the topic What's it? in the forum Group logo of C2C Online CommunityC2C Online Community 1 year, 2 months ago

    Looks to me like a primitive scoop carved from a single piece of wood and probably intended for use in cooking or perhaps for feeding small livestock. The rounded notch in the rim of the bowl could simply be […]

  • I’ve never used bar codes for marking collection objects but, if I were thinking about it (which I’m not) I’d want to know the following:

    Can bar codes vary in size and still be read by the same scanner? (You […]

  • I’ve been pleasantly surprised over the past year or so to discover the number of  truly rare books that are available as modestly priced reprints. Such reprints can help to minimize wear and tear on originals, […]

  • There’s are significant distinctions to be drawn between the disposition of items that have been accepted into a museum collection via a signed deed of gift or equivalent document, items “deposited” with a museum […]

  • For a board member/trusee to knowingly bid for a collection item against his/her institutiuon is a blatant conflict of interest and a violation of legally mandated fidicuary responsibility. “Knowingly” may be the […]

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