Collection Activities Archives: Housekeeping

Cleaning Books and Documents

Cleaning Books and Documents Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library This recource provides guidance on simple dry cleaning methods for removing surface dirt from bound volumes and unbound papers. Surface dirt is defined as loose material which can be removed without rubbing and without the use of equipment other than brushes, vacuum cleaners, dusters […]

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Collection Emergencies FAQ

Collection Emergencies FAQ Source: Library of Congress QUick answers to questions such as what to do if books get we or moldy, how to remove the smoke and other smells from books, soot removal from books, and what to do about book worms and book bugs.

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Conserve-O-Gram 11/9 Handling and Care of Dry Bird and Mammal Specimens

Conserve-O-Gram 11/9 Handling and Care of Dry Bird and Mammal Specimens Source: National Park Service (NPS) Natural history specimens represent the biological legacy of our predecessors. They are the tools used by researchers to assess how species are distributed in geographical and ecological time and space. How we care for these collections today will directly […]

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Protecting Collections During Special Events

Barbara Heller, director and conservator of special projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), shared the steps her institution took to better protect collections during the planning and hosting of special events. Featured Resources: Practical Conservation Guidelines for Successful Hospitality Events in Historic Houses, English Heritage (664 kb, pdf) Museum Handbook III: Other Uses […]

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