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Re: [BKARTS] Scrapbook conservation question

Sometime ago, there was a discussion about removing items from scrapbooks and I had intended on writing. Unfortunately, I could not prepare a suitable reply. Recently, I found that I had already written something about a similar problem.
The following may be of help:
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Bill Minter

On Aug 7, 2008, at 5:47 PM, Rodney Fry wrote:

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 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!
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Christine Ameduri, Assistant Archivist
Musselman Library, Special Collections
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325


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