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[BKARTS] Scrapbook conservation question

Greetings all,


We have done conservation work on many scrapbooks/photo albums in our
collection but currently have two that I believe are going to be
particularly difficult.  These two scrapbooks are very acidic and
someone must have used cement to paste in the photographs and other
ephemera - I have not seen anything this bad yet and I have done quite a
number of scrapbooks.  Sometimes when you're luck the ephemera or photos
come right off, but other times I usually use a heat spatula at a low
temperature and that works pretty well.  Once in a while when there is
no way to get something off of the sheet, we just cut off as much as
possible around it and leave whatever won't come off on the back so we
won't destroy it.  However, in this case, almost everything is solidly
pasted down - no wiggle room whatsoever.


Unfortunately, we don't have a vented hood, so harsh chemicals are out
of the question. What other options do we have for removing these items
from their pages? Sometimes I use a few drops of water to lift labels
out off of pastedowns in books, but don't want to try that for photos.  


I would appreciate any suggestions from this group!


Thanks much,


Christine Ameduri, Assistant Archivist

Musselman Library, Special Collections

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

p. 717-337-7006

f. 717-337-7001

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