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Recovering Books and Works of Art on Paper From Fires

Notes from Carteret County Fire Recovery Workshop Burnsville Museum, June 2, 2014 In this workshop, the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team created a mock museum, and set it on fire.  Workshop participants were then brought in two days later,…

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What Causes Foxing Or Staining In Paper?

The sources of stains on paper can vary widely.  Today, I will focus on foxing specifically. Does your document or work of art on paper have small, ovular stains or spots? These discolorations are commonly referred to as foxing.…

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The History of Military Camp Photographers

I just read a very illuminating article by Ron Field regarding the history and practices of military camp photographers. Although I am quite familiar with the variety of photographic processes that evolved from the mid 1860’s through the late…

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How To Care For Your Family Documents

Do you have a collection of genealogical documents, such as birth certificates, diplomas, marriage licenses, maps, family bibles, journals, scrapbooks or other paper-based genealogical materials that require safekeeping? Here are some basic storage guidelines to help protect your valuables:…

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How To Preserve Blueprints

How do you preserve blueprints? Blueprints, otherwise known as cyanotypes, can pose specialized concerns and challenges when it comes to handling and storage. Many times, due to the processes and materials used to create them, blueprints can become acidic…