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Re: [BKARTS] Scrapbook conservation question

I have had a similar problem with old family photographs from the 1920 
era.    These had been pasted down on the acidic, thin board by, 
presumably, the photographer.

As you say, attempting to wet the pages to loosen the adhesive may have 
undesirable consequences!   I actually had to scrape the card off the backs 
of the photos until I got down to the back of the photographic paper.   I did 
this with a large scalpel blade - quite time consuming, but caused no 
damage to the item.   Possibly the photo could then be deacidified by some 
gaseous process avoiding wetting the paper?

The other ephemera could perhaps be wet processed, lifted off and dried in 
the usual manner?

Rodney Fry

On 7 Aug 2008 at 0:00, BOOK_ARTS-L automatic digest system wrote:

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 
rightoff, but other times I usually use a heat spatula at a low temperature I 
would appreciate any suggestions from this group!
Christine Ameduri, Assistant Archivist
Musselman Library, Special Collections
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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