Risks to Collections Archives: Physical Force

The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings

The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings Source: National Park Service, Preservation Brief #41 Earthquakes result from sudden movements of the geological plates that form the earth’s crust, generally along cracks or fractures known as “faults.” When buildings are not designed and constructed to withstand these unpredictable and often violent ground motions, major structural damage, or […]

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Removal of Damaging Fasteners from Historic Documents

Removal of Damaging Fasteners from Historic Documents Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Fasteners such as staples, paper clips, string ties, rubber bands, brads, and straight pins frequently damage documents. The damage may be physical: puncturing, tearing or distortion such as creasing. Or chemical damage may result such as staining from the rusting of metal […]

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Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists Source: Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) This document describes methods for the care and handling of optical discs and is intended for use by librarians and archivists in government, academia, and  ndustry. It draws on accumulated industry knowledge and the […]

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Conserve-O-Gram 5/1 Storage Supports for Basket Collections

Conserve-O-Gram 5/1 Storage Supports for Basket Collections Source: National Park Service (NPS) Historic baskets are particularly susceptible to physical damage. It is an essential part of preventive conservation to provide these fragile objectswith the physical support and protection they require.

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Photocopying of Library and Archive Materials

Photocopying of Library and Archive Materials Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library Photocopying, scanning and photography are the most popular methods of copying books, documents and other archive materials. Most libraries and archives provide some form of self-service copying facility for users. Carried out incorrectly, copying can cause severe damage to collection items.

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