Plastics and Modern Materials Source: Minnesota Historical Society Plastics are the most widely used modern material, and many different ones are available. Since many plastic items were considered disposable, they were not manufactured to endure.
Collection Materials Archives: Plastics/Polymers
Safe Handling of Plastics Source: Smithsonian Institution Plastics old and new have begun to show signs of instability. Plastics behave and degrade differently from more traditional materials such as metal, glass, or ceramic.
Conserve-O-Gram Number 8/4: Care and Identification of Objects Made from Plastics Source: national Park Service (NPS) All plastics are subject to aging and degradation. With proper environmental conditions and close monitoring, the degradation process may be mitigated.
Conserve-O-Gram 8/5: Monitoring Acidic Off-Gassing Of Plastics Source: National Park Service (NPS) Deteriorating plastics can emit acidic vapors that can contaminate and degrade other materials. It is important to determine if a plastic is off-gassing so that appropriate measures can be taken to protect the collection
Saving Your Treasures: Native American Items Source: Nebraska NET Saving Your Treasure series
The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials Source: National Library of Canada via CoOL Sound recordings are machine readable artifacts; they are documents for which the integrity of the information they contain is directly related to the artifacts’ physical well being. Since the majority of sound recordings are made of plastic, conservation must be […]
More and more, the collections in our institutions are featuring elements of plastic. Varying and temperamental, this material requires special care and storage. Christine Frohnert, Conservator of Contemporary Art, Modern Materials and Media, and Odile Madden, Research Scientist, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution were featured speakers in the live chat webinar event “Care of Plastics”. […]
Does your institution’s collection include dolls? Click to view the recording of the December 2011 Live Chat event on caring for dolls of many different mediums and eras.