Reply To: Smell on old music scores

Tara Kennedy

Hi Tracie-

The materials were most likely kept in close proximity to old cellulose acetate/ triaceate films. The paper would easily absorb that odor.

Eventually it will dissipate. You could also store the materials in Microchamber paper products – that will expedite the removal of the odor. Microchamber products are sold by Conservation Resources.

Good luck!