Collection Activities Archives: Health & Safety

Mercury in Museum Collections

Mercury in Museum Collections Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 1/7 The dangers of mercury are well-known and well-documented. To avoid these ill effects it is essential to know which objects in a museum collection contain mercury, and how to handle and care for them properly.

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Storage Methods for Taxidermy Specimens

Storage Methods for Taxidermy Specimens Source: WAAC Newsletter Volume 14, Number 2, May 1992, pp.18-23, illustrations Many materials and techniques have been employed by taxidermists to preserve bird and mammal skins and to create mounted specimens. STUDY SKINS are prepared for scientific research purposes, while MOUNTS typically are created for display. Both may make use […]

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Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper (NEDCC)

Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) For most institutions, mold is a familiar problem on a small scale—a moldy book here and there—and unimaginable on a large scale—a collection wide outbreak of active mold.

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CCI Notes 3/4 Psocids or “Book Lice:” a Warning of Dampness

Psocids or “Book Lice”: a Warning of Dampness – CCI Notes 3/4 Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Book lice, called psocids, are members of the insect order Psocoptera. For cultural collections, the presence of psocids sounds an alarm indicating unacceptably damp conditions — conditions that promote mould growth on objects and in buildings, which in turn […]

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Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests

Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests Source: The Getty Conservation Institute Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests is a compendium of information on the biological mechanisms by which nontoxic gases kill insects; the methods and materials needed to create and maintain an anoxic atmosphere; treatments; the construction and use […]

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Museum Collection Integrated Pest Management Plan: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit

Museum Collection Inetgrated Pest Management Plan: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit Source: National Park Service (NPS) This Museum Collection Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park -Seattle Unit (KLSE) provides basic pest management guidelines to help preserve the Park’s museum collections, the historic building they are […]

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MuseumPests.net

MuseumPests.net Source: Integrated Pest Management Working Group This website presents information on invertebrate, vertebrate, and mold pests in museum, library, and archival collections as well as historic structures. This site’s first four sections (prevention, monitoring, identification, solutions) cover issues in developing, implementing and managing an IPM plan for your institution – whatever your collection type. […]

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