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Bibliography for the Care of Museum, Library, & Archival Collections


General & Collection's Care

Applebaum, Barbara.

Guide to Environmental Protection of Collections. Sound View Press/170 Boston Post Road/Madison, CT 06443 (tel. 203-245-2246), 1991.

Bachmann, Konstanze, editor.

Conservation Concerns: A Guide for Collectors and Curators. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992. (ISBN: 1-56098-174-1)

Canadian Conservation Institute

CCI Notes/Notes d'ICC Ottawa 1983-. Canadian Conservation Institute 1030 Innes Road/Ottawa, ONT, Canada K1A OC8. (tel. 613-998-3721) (Series of "How to" pamphlets which are often free.)

Florian, Mary-Lou.

Heritage Eaters: Insects and Fungi in Heritage Collections. London: James & James, 1997.

MacLeish, A. Bruce.

The Care of Antiques and Historical Collections, 2nd edition. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1985.

National Committee to Save America's Cultural Collections.

Caring for your Collections. New York: Abrams, 1992.

National Park Service.

Museum Handbook. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service/PO. Box 37127/Washington, DC, 20013-7127.

National Park Service.

Conserve O Grams. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service/PO. Box 37127/Washington, DC, 20013-7127.

Sandwith and Stanton, compilers.

The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. New York: Viking Penguin Inc, 1985.

Shelley, Marjorie.

The Care and Handling of Art Objects. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987.

Torres, Amparo R. de. and National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (U.S.).

Collections care: a selected bibliography: based on the Collections Care Information Service, a project of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property. 1991 (3299 K Street, NW, Suite 403, Washington 20007)

Unesco.

The Conservation of Cultural Properties. Paris: Unesco, 1968.


Archaeological Artifacts

Sease, Catherine.

A Conservation Manual for the Field Archaeologist-Archaeological Research Tools, vol. 4. Los Angeles, CA: University of California, 1988.


Electronic Media/Digital Imaging

Conway, Paul.

Preservation in the Digital World. Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, D.C., 1996.

Hazen, Dan, Jeffrey Horrell and Jan Merrill-Oldham.

"Selecting Research Collections for Digitization." Council on Library and Information Resources. Washington, D.C., August 1998.

Ostrow, Stephen E.

"Digitizing Historical Pictorial Collections for the Internet." Council on Library and Information Resources. Washington, D.C., February 1998.

Smith, Abbey.

"Why Digitize?" Council on Library and Information Resources. Washington, D.C., 1999.

Rothenberg, Jeff.

"Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Documents", Scientific American,Vol. 252, No. 1, January 1995, pp. 42-47.

Rothenburg, Jeff.

"Avoiding Technological Quiksand: Finding a Viable Technical Foundation for Digital Preservation." A Report to the CLIR, Council on Library and Information Resources. Washington, D.C., January 1999.

Kenney, Anne and Oya Rieger.

Moving Theory Into Practice: Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives. RLG, Palo Alto, Ca., 2000. The RLG website lists more publications.


Furniture

McGiffin, Robert F., Jr.

Furniture Care and Conservation. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1983.


Leather: Skin and Hide

Appleyard, H.M.

Guide to the Identification of Animal Fibers. 1960. Leeds: WIRA. 1978.

Canadian Conservation Institute.

"Care of Mounted Specimens and Pelts." CCI Notes. 1983. Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Conservation Institute. 1988; 8(3).

Canadian Conservation Institute.

"Care of Alum, Vegetable, and Mineral Tanned Leather." CCI Notes. 1983. Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Conservation Institute. 1992; 8(2).

Canadian Conservation Institute.

"Care of Rawhide and Semi-Tanned Leather." CCI Notes. 1983. Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Conservation Institute. 1992; 8(4).

Calnan, D., ed.

Conservation of Leather in Transport Collections. London: United Kingdom Intstitute for Conservation. 1991.

Francis-Lewis, C.

The Art and Craft of Leatherwork. London: Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd. 1928.

Fredericks, Maria.

"Progress in Leather Conservation." WAAC Newsletter. 19.2 (1997): 29-32. Available online through CoOL.

Haines, Betty M.

"Bookbinding Leather." The New Bookbinder, Journal of Designer Bookbinders 7. (1987): 63-82.

Haines, Betty M. and Christopher Calnan

"The Development of Stable Binding Leather." Bookbinder, Journal of the Society of Bookbinders 2. (1988): 35-47.

Jackman, J., ed.

Leather Conservation: A Current Survey. Northhampton: The Leather Conservation Centre. 1982.

Lamb, M.C.

Leather Finishing: Including Dyeing, Staining and Finishing. London. 1907.

Lamb, Malcolm J.

"The Hausa Tanners of Northern Nigeria and the Production of Sokoto Tanned Goatskins." The New Bookbinder, Journal of Designer Bookbinders 1 (1981): 58-62.

Rene Larsen with Maria Vest and Ulla Bogvad Kejser, eds European Commission.

Step Leather Project. Copenhagen, Denmark: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation. 1994.

Leather Conservation Centre.

Leather: Its Composition and Changes with Time. Nene College, Northampton: The Leather Conservation Centre. 1986.

Leather Conservation Centre.

The Fiber Stucture of Leather. Northampton: The Leather Conservation Centre. 1981.

McCrady, E., Raphael, T.

"Leather Dressing: To Dress or Not to Dress." Leather Conservation News. 2 (December 1983): 2-3.

McLaughlin, George D. and Theis, Edwin R.

"The Chemistry of Leather Manufacture." American Chemical Society Monograph Series. New York: Reinhold Pub. Co. 1945.

O'Flaherty, F.; Roddy, W. T. and Lollar, R.M. eds.

"The Chemistry and Technology of Leather" Vol I-IV. American Chemical Society Monograh Series. New York: Reinhold Pub. Co.1958.

Reed, R.

Ancient Skins, Parchments and Leathers. New York: Seminar Press. 1972.

Reed, R.

The Nature and Making of Parchment. Leeds, England: The Elmete Press. 1975.

Sharphouse, J.H.

The Leather Technicians Handbook. 1983. Northampton, England: Leather Producers Association. 1989.

St John, Kristen.

"An Annotated Bibliography on Leather Dressing". The New Library Scene. Volume 16 No. 2: 14-29.

Tancous, J. J.

Skin, Hide and Leather Defects. Cinncinnati, Ohio / Washington, D.C.: Leather Industries of America Laboratory, 2nd edition. 1986.

Thelma, R.N.

Leather as Art and Craft. London: Allen and Unwin. 1973.

Thorstensen, T.C.

Practical Leather Technology. Malabaar, Florida: Kreiger Pub. Co., 4th edition. 1993.

Tuck, D.H., ed.

Oils and Lubricants Used on Leather. Northhampton, England: The Leather Conservation Centre. 1983.

Walsall Leather Museum.

Leather Bibliography. Wisemore, Walsall, England: Walsall Leather Museum. 1993.

Waterer, J.W.

Leather in Life, Art and Industry. London: Faber and Faber Limited. 1946.

Waterer, J.W.

"Leather.” A History of Technology, Vol 2. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1965.

Waterer, J.W.

Leather Craftsmanship. New York: Praeger. 1968.

Wilson, J. A.

Modern Practice in Leather Manufacture. New York: Reinhold Pub. Co. 1941.


Library and Archive Materials

Greenfield, Jane.

Books: Their Care and Repair. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1983.

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The Care of Fine Books. New York, NY: N. Lyons Books, 1988.

Kyle, Hedi.

Library Materials Preservation Manual: Practical Methods for Preserving Books, Pamphlets, and other Printed Materials. Bronxville, N.Y.: N.T. Smith, 1983.

Morrow and Dyal.

Conservation Treatment Procedures: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Maintenance and Repair of Library Materials, 2nd edition. Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 1986.

Morrow and Walker.

The Preservation Challenge: A Guide to Conserving Library Materials. White Plains, New York: Knowledge Industry Publications, 1983.

Ogden, Sherelyn, editor.

Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual. 3rd ed. rev. and expanded. Andover, Mass.: Northeast Document Conservation Center, 1999. Also available online.


Natural History

Metsger, Deborah A., and Sheila C. Byers.

Managing the Modern Herbarium: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Vancouver: Elton-Wolf Pub., 1999.

Rose, Carolyn; Catharine A Hawks and Hugh Genoways.

Storage of Natural History Collections: A Preventive Conservation Approach. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 1992.

Rose, C.L. and de Torres, A.R., editors.

Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 1992 (reprint 1995) ISBN 0963547607

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

manuals can be ordered or downloaded.

Guidelines for the Care of Natural History Collections online.



Objects

Information on the care of many glass, metal, stone and wooden artifacts can be found in volumes listed in the General Collection's Care portion of this bibliography.



Paintings

Byrne, Allan.

Conserving Paintings. Australia: Craftsman House, 1995. (ISBN 976 6410 46 1)

Colglazier, David Lee.

"An Inexpensive Method for Constructing Storage Racks for Hanging Artifacts". Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Fall/ Winter 1997. Volume 36. Number 3. 245-48.

Keck, Caroline.

A Handbook on the Care of Paintings. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1965.

Snyder, Jill.

Caring for your Art. New York: Allworth Press, 1990. (ISBN 0 9607118 1 3)


Photographs

Fischer, Monique C., and Andrew Robb.

"Guidelines for Care and Identification of Film-Base Photographic Materials". Topics in Photographic Preservation, Vol. 5, pp. 117-122.. Washington, D.C.: Photographic Materials Group (PMG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 1993.

Hendriks, Klaus.

The Preservation and Restoration of Photographic Materials in Archives and Libraries: A RAMP study with guidelines. General Information Program and UNISIST, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, 1984.

Museums And Galleries Commission, Crispin Paine, editor.

Standards in the Museum Care of Photographic Collections. London, UK: Museums & Galleries Commission, 1996. (ISBN: 0-948630-42-6)

Reilly, James M.

Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints. Kodak Publication #G-25. Rochester, New York: Eastman Kodak, 1986.

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Image Permanence Institute's Storage Guide for Acetate Film. Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1993. (also discusses nitrate film)

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Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials. Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, New York State Education Dept., and Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1998.

Ritzenthaler, Munoff and Long.

Archives and Manuscripts: Administration of Photographic Collections. SAA Basic Manual Series. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1984.

Robb, Andrew.

"Identification of Film-Base Photographic Materials: Flow Chart". Topics in Photographic Preservation, Vol. 6, pp. 134-135. Washington, D.C.: Photographic Materials Group (PMG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 1995.

Wilhelm, Henry.

The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides and Motion Pictures. Grinnel, Iowa: Preservation Publishing Company, 1993.


Prints and Drawings

Clapp, Anne F.

Curatorial Care of Works of Art on Paper, 3rd revised edition. New York: Lyons and Burford, 1987.

Ellis, Margaret Holben.

The Care of Prints and Drawings. Nashville, Tenn.: AASLH Press, 1987.

Perkinson, Roy.

Conserving Works of Art on Paper. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1975.

Smith, Merrily A.

Matting and Hinging of Art on Paper. 2nd rev. ed. New York, N.Y: Consultant Press, 1990.


Textiles

Finch and Putnam.

Caring for Textiles. London: Barrie and Jenkins, Ltd., 1984.

Joseph, Marjory.

Essentials of Textiles. New York: Holt, Rheinhart and Winston, 1984.

Landi, Sheila.

The Textile Conservator's Manual. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd., 1992.

Mailand, Harold.

Considerations for the Care of Textiles and Costumes. Indiana: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980.

The Textile Institute.

Identification of Textile Materials. 7th ed. Manchester: The Textile Institute, 1985.


Exhibitions

Barclay, Robert, André Bergeron and Carole Dignard.

Mount Making for Museum Objects. Canadian Conservation Institute and Centre de conservation du Quebec, 1998. (Tel. (613) 998-3721, Fax: (613) 998-4721, email: cci-icc_publications.

Colby, Karen.

"A Suggested Exhibition Policy for Works of Art on Paper" Journal of the International Institute for Conservation: Canadian Group, Vol. 17, 1992.

Thomson, Garry.

The Museum Environment. London: Butterworths, 1978.

Raphael, Toby.

Exhibit Conservation Guidelines: Incorporating Conservation into Exhibit Planning, Design and Production. (CD-Rom), National Park Service, 1999. Available for purchase from the National Park Service online or at 800/821-5206.

Stolow, Nathan.

Conservation and Exhibitions. London: Butterworths, 1987.

National Gallery of Art

Art in Transit. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1991.


Disaster Preparedness

Buchanan, Sally A.

Disaster Planning: Preparedness and Recovery for Libraries and Archives: A RAMP Study with Guidelines. Paris: UNESCO, 1988. (UNESCO, Maison de l'Unesco, 7 Place du Fontenoy, Paris F75007, France).

Dorge, Valerie and Sharon L. Jones.

Building and Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. The Getty Conservation Institute, 1999.

Hendriks, Klaus B. and Brian Lesser.

"Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Photographic Materials." American Archivist. 46(1):52-68. 1983.

Walsh, Betty C.

"Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Collections." WAAC (Western Association for Art Conservation) Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 2 (May 1997), pp. 12-23 (plus chart: "Salvage of Water-Damaged Archival Collections: Salvage at a Glance." available online [http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/waac/wn/wn19/wn19-2/wn19-207.html]).


Insects

Ebeling, Walter.

Urban Entomology. Berkeley, 1978.

Olkowski, William.

Common-Sense Pest Control. Newtown, CT.: The Taunton Press, 1991.

Pinniger, David.

Insect Pests in Museums. London: Archetype Publications, Ltd., 1994.

Story, Keith.

Approaches to Pest Management in Museums. 1985. Conservation Analytical Laboratory/Smithsonian Institution /Suitland, Maryland 20746 (tel. 202-238-3700).


Mold

The Abbey Newsletter

Vol 23 nos. 4-8. Mold, The whole picture. Abbey Publications 512.929.3992.

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

Managing a Mold Invasion: Guidelines for Disaster Response. Philadelphia: CCAHA, 264 South 23rd Street/Philadelphia, PA 19103 (tel. 215-545-0613). revised 1996.

Florian, Mary-Lou.

Heritage Eaters: Insects and Fungi in Heritage Collections. London: James & James, 1997.

Lee, Mary Wood.

Prevention and Treatment of Mold in Library Collections, A RAMP Study. 1991. General Information Program and UNISIST, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, 1988. (UNESCO, Maison de l'Unesco, 7 Place du Fontenoy, Paris F75007, France).

Macher, Janet, editor.

Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control. ACGIH, 1999.

Strang, Thomas.

Controlling Museum Fungal Problems. Canadian Conservation Institute 1030 Innes Road/Ottawa, ONT, Canada K1A OC8. (tel. 613-998-3721).

Valentin

"Microbial Control in Archives, Libraries and Museums by Ventilation Systems.” Restaurator (19: 85-107) 1998.


Websites

Ransom Center Conservation Department Frequently Asked Questions.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

Lists numerous organizations and many have the answers to other types of conservation and preservation related questions on their websites.

The National Park Service

Offers "Conserve O Grams", short instructional leaflets, on a great variety of preservation topics. One of the Conserve O Grams (#1/7) lists many "Useful World Wide Web Resources".

Conservation Online (CoOL)

Offers conservation resources, literature, a discussion list, and links to many other conservation related organizations.

American Leather Chemists Association.

Hewitt's Leather Manufacturers

Biannual newsletter "Skin Deep"

Compiled by Ransom Center Staff Conservators Mary Baughman, Barbara Brown, Ken Grant, Pat Ingram, Olivia Primanis, and Stephanie Watkins with additions from Kristen St. John; Jessica S. Johnson; Beatrice Dodge, Conservator in Private Practice, Elgin; Martha Simpson-Grant, Conservator in Private Practice, Austin; and Sarah McElroy, Conservator at the Blanton Museum, Austin. Updated May 2013.