David Fanning writes:
"Unless it's been discussed lately (and
I don't see that it has on the E-Sylum archives), I think it'd be
interesting to have a discussion within the E-Sylum on book
and catalogue preservation. I think I read at some point in the
archives about Wayne Anderson cleaning and oiling books.
I'd like to have more info on that and also ask others to write in
about how they take care of their material.
The only items of value in my collection are mostly 19th-century
catalogues, which I keep in plastic bags made for comics with a
posterboard insert in it to guard against bumps. This really helps
guard against humidity, which is a real problem in the summer here.
What do others do?"
Ben Keele posed a similar question in the February 27, 2000
"..how should I store my books and magazines to ensure
that they are preserved in their present condition?" George
Kolbe's advice for book storage was simple: "cool, dark, dry
(but not too dry)."
One article I've since read makes George's recommendation
more specific: temperatures 60-70 degrees F (15.5-21 C),
and relative humidity of 55%-65%. Humidity can be
measured by a hygrometer, available in most hardware stores.
We didn't get much follow-up in The E-Sylum on the
preservation question, so it's high time to ask again. Meanwhile,
here's one web page with a few tips, from the State Library of
Wayne Homren, Editor
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