Provenance, LLC a start-up company located in Berkeley,
California has been|
researching new approaches to address paper deacidification - preservation
needs of the archival and book preservation community for the past several
The company's activities were assisted initially by the award of a Federal
SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] Grant which has assisted in the
development of mechanized deacidification technologies for use with
manuscripts and books. To date a working prototype manuscript treater has
been developed and the status of that aspect of the company's research
efforts can be reviewed in a recent SBIR project summary.
The project summary can be downloaded at
Other deacidification products and approaches are currently being produced
and marketed for in-house use by conservators and archivists under the trade
name PaperSaver. These include bulk treating formulations for use with
in-house spray equipment as well as both conventional and pump-spray aerosol
products and dispensers including those which do not utilize hydrocarbon or
fluorocarbon chemical propellants.
Independent lab evaluations of the effectiveness of the PaperSaver products
have been conducted. These can be reviewed in results of testing conducted
by the Canadian Conservation Institute. They considered changes in fold
endurance and tear index of acid paper treated with PaperSaver formulations.
The report of the CCI evaluations can be downloaded at:
PaperSaver products can be purchased at the company's web site as well as
thru various distributors providing materials to libraries and archives in
the US and elsewhere. These include the University Products catalog for
chType=TalasOnline&SearchField=papersaver&x=9&y=14> and CarrMcLean in Canada
http://www.carrmclean.ca/CategoryGroupBrowser.aspx?GroupNo=6760 in Canada.
Additional information on Provenance LLC can be found at
www.paper-preservation.com or by contacting
Joseph B. Zicherman, Ph.D
935 Pardee Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-2623
(510) 649 1010
(510) 649 3099 Fax
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