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[BKARTS] archival tissue

Hello all,

Thanks to those of you who have commented on the "Archival tissue"
thread.  I'm sharing with you comments from Mary Ballard of the
Smithsonian who weighs in on use of tissue with textiles.





From: Ballard, Mary [mailto:BallardM@xxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 3:58 PM
To: William Minter; Jane Thompson
Subject: RE: archival tissue


Hi. Bill-and Ms.Thompson: We are working on a large costume collection
now and it is very much easier to use unbuffered acid free tissue.
Ostensibly the calcium carbonate does not leach out but there is not
"acid rain" here in the atmosphere to need the sacrificial additive. We
are using two weights-the lightweight 12 pound for interleaving and the
heavier 20 pound for lining (the inside sling for removing/holding the
garment). We write the accession number on the top outside layer in
pencil. Suppliers are listed on our website at
http://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/acidfree.html We
buy the 250 foot rolls 36" wide. Hope this helps-and that everything
works out well. Mary


Mary W. Ballard

Senior Textiles Conservator,

Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution

4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland MD 20746 U.S.A.

tel: 301-238-1210 fax: 301-238-3709 

email ballardm@xxxxxx


From: William Minter [mailto:wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:52 PM
To: Jane Thompson
Cc: Ballard, Mary 
Subject: Re: archival tissue



Ah, you might have different requirements.  I think that a textile
conservator might tell you that "Unbuffered" is preferred. Maybe you
should contact an expert, such as Mary Ballard at the Smithsonian. 

Try this address:     ballardm@xxxxxx 

Perhaps you should send the entire message about the tissue.

If you learn anything from Mary, please send a message to the List as it
could be useful to other people, especially those who are responsible
for historic collections.

Good luck,




On May 15, 2008, at 4:04 PM, Jane Thompson wrote:


Hi Bill, I am hoping that you're right on the keyword issue.  But entre
nous, I think we have a mess on our hands and the textiles in the museum
collection will need to have their tissue replaced. 


The newer tissue (marketed as buffered) tests out just fine. 


Best, Jane




William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.

4364 Woodbury Pike

Woodbury, PA  16695


Fax:   814-793-4045

Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx




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