- Cedar Chests - Keep Your Past And Future Safe By : Jesse Akre
In days of yore people stored there most precious belongings in
cedar chests for safe keeping. You see cedar chests are able to
protect and preserve anything you put in them because the
natural oils in cedar wood are insect repellants. A chest made
of cedar is particularly good at repelling moths whose larvae
eat things made of natural fibers like wool, linen or paper.
- The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials By : National Library of Canada
Sound recordings are machine readable artifacts; they are documents for which the integrity of the information they contain is directly related to the artifacts' physical well being. Since the majority of sound recordings are made of plastic, conservation must be treated as a plastics degradation problem, requiring a different approach than paper conservation.
- Preserving Works on Paper: Manuscripts, Drawings, Prints, Posters, Maps, Documents By : U.S. Library of Congress
The manufacturing method and materials of works on paper, such as the inks, paints and paper components, influence the inherent, long-term stability of library, art and archival items. Providing a good environment, and safe handling and storage conditions are critical to preserving paper collections.
- Preserving Newspapers By : U.S. Library of Congress
Of the thousands of newspapers published in the United States each day, most eventually find their way into trash bins, under litter boxes, into bird cages, or, hopefully, into recycling containers. The perception persists that yesterday's news is no news at all. For librarians and archivists, however, that perception presents a tremendous challenge.
- The Deterioration and Preservation of Paper: Some Essential Facts By : U.S. Library of Congress
Paper deterioration is still a problem. But, thanks to decades of scientific research -- much of it supported by libraries and archives -- this deterioration is no longer a mystery. The preservation strategy at the Library of Congress has traditionally benefitted by insights provided by science.
- Ownership Marking of Paper-Based Materials By : U.S. Library of Congress
Indelible identification marks have traditionally been placed on paper-based materials to help deter their theft and to establish ownership in the event of theft. Some institutions and collectors do not mark their holdings for a variety of reasons. For example, ownership marks cannot guarantee that an item, or portions of it, will not be stolen.
- Care, Handling and Storage of Books By : U.S. Library of Congress
Damage to a book is cumulative. The repeated incorrect handling and storage of a book can quickly transform a new book into a worn or even an unusable one. Proper handling and storage in a stable, cool, clean, non-humid environment, can prolong its life.
- Caring for Your Photographic Collections By : U.S. Library of Congress
Keep photographic materials at proper environmental conditions. Relative humidity is the single most important factor in preserving most photographic materials. Relative humidity levels above 60% will accelerate deterioration. Low and fluctuating humidity may also damage them.
- Preservation of Scrapbooks and Albums By : U.S. Library of Congress
Scrapbooks and albums provide a unique record of individuals, families, organizations, and associations and are, therefore, found in many museums, archives, and libraries. Although albums initially were tablets used by the Romans to record public edicts, they have become accounts accumulated over time, often private and personal, preserved on blank pages in a book format.
- Caring for Your Family Treasures By : U.S. Library of Congress
Before investing time and money to improve the condition of your documents, art, photographs, memorabilia, and books, you should first assess the importance of various items to you and your family. They may be objects of monetary value, or, like photographs of grandparents or a family Bible, Torah, or Koran, they may have intrinsic, sentimental, or historical value.
- Guide to Preservation Matting and Framing By : U.S. Library of Congress
To increase the life and enjoyment of your print or photograph and to save money in the future on conservation treatments, you should invest in appropriate preservation matting and framing. Reviewing the following information and then interviewing the framer regarding the procedures and materials will help you decide.
- Care, Handling and Storage of Motion Picture Film By : U.S. Library of Congress
All film is subject to fading, particularly integral tri-pack color positives, such as Ektachrome® , Ansco®, or Agfa ®. As with all other materials, this fading -- as well as other chemical and physical deterioration -- are impossible to stop entirely. With proper care, handling and storage, the rate of deterioration can be slowed and the usable life of a film can be extended significantly.
- Leather Dressing By : U.S. Library of Congress
Leather dressings were at one time thought to be useful in extending the life of leather bindings. Experience has shown, however, that its benefit is primarily cosmetic and that the use of leather dressing by someone without professional expertise, does more harm than good.
- Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell By : U.S. Library of Congress
General Do not touch the playing surface/s of any recording.
Clean hands before handling recordings.
- Caring for Cylinder Recordings By : U.S. Library of Congress
Cylinder recordings, invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, were the first successful form for recording and reproducing sound. Made first of tin foil, then wax, and later celluloid, the cylinder was used until the late 1940's.
- Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs By : U.S. Library of Congress
Photographic materials have complex physical and chemical structures that present special preservation challenges to the librarian and archivist. Since the birth of photography in the late 1830s, many different photographic processes and materials have been utilized, each subject to deterioration through time and with use.
- Classic Valve Amplifiers And Stuff! By : Hareswith
If you are like me - you will love ‘old’ stereo equipment, especially valve amplifiers. Some might say landmark manufacturers such as Leak, Quad, Thorens, Garrard, Shure, SME, etc, who made an impact on the development of ‘Hi Fi’ (does anyone call it that these days?).
- HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 2: - the Right ABRASIVE By : Bill Harvey
It's old, it's valuable (if only to you) and it's delicate. It's IMPERITIVE to clean it right. Here is what to use to safely "scrub" a fine antique or collectable. This business of preserving and protecting collectables often begins with cleaning them.
- HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 1: - The Right SOLVENT By : Bill Harvey
What do you pull out from under the kitchen sink when the spirit moves you to finally do something about great-grandma's what'zit? Makes a big difference. One bottle will destroy the what'zit and another may waste your time, (and maybe destroy it as well!)
- HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 3: Painted and Metallic Items. By : Bill Harvey
In parts 1 and 2, I talked about the assorted things you might find under your kitchen sink -soaps and solvents and such as well as the rubby-scratchy things like steel wool. In part 3 I take up just what the right solvent and / or abrasive might be for painted and metallic things. Part 4 addresses organic items like plastic, fabric and wood, etc.
- HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 4: Organic Materials, (plastic, fabric and wood, etc.) By : Bill Harvey
In parts 1 and 2, I talked about the assorted things you might find under your kitchen sink -soaps and solvents and such as well as the rubby-scratchy things like steel wool. In part 3 I took up just what the right solvent and / or abrasive might be for painted and metallic things. Now in part 4 I addresses organic items like plastic, fabric and wood, etc.
- Archival Safe Methods and Materials: Part 2 -The CHEMISTRY of it all. By : Bill Harvey
What are 'archival materials'? What about 'archival methods"? Is "acid -free" a good thing? Here is a How-To chemistry lesson to help you protect and preserve your collectibles and antiques:
- Archival Safe Methods and Materials: Part 3 -The METHODS. By : Bill Harvey
Having explored the chemistry of stuff -particularly stuff you want to preserve and protect in Preservation: Parts 1 and 2, we now take up the actual HOW-TO preserve and protect your collectibles. Find your checkbook and pay attention.
- Archival Materials and Methods: Part 1 -The MATERIALS. By : Bill Harvey
The first step to protecting your valuable collectible or antique is to know a little about what it is made out of. EveryTHING is made out of someTHING after all. These things react differently to moisture, light, air, and the big one- time!
- Photographing your Collection, Part 2: The Setting -Your Studio. By : Bill Harvey
In Photographing your Collection, Part 1: Part 1: Your Equipment I addressed the whys and with whats of photographing your collection. Now I do the wheres and hows of photographing your valued collection.
- Bio-Hazard Issues for the Collector: Little creepy-crawly-hungry things eating your collection?!!? By : Bill Harvey
It depends on what you collect. If rocks and minerals are your thing, you can stop reading now. But what if you collect first edition comic books, or antique doll clothes, or sugar packets? You had best be giving some thought to repellent little crawly things as well as things that don't so much crawl as sort of land on your stuff and reproduce like mad -eating all the while.
- Using FABRIC to Preserve, Protect, and Display your Collection: By : Bill Harvey
Various kinds of cloth can be used to easily high-light your collectables and -if you use the right stuff- provide a safe and acid-free environment for your most valuable collectables.
- Protecting your Collection from Light and Radiation Damage. By : Bill Harvey
One of the most destructive forces on your collection might be noting more then stuff with which you see. Light -both visible and UV- will degrade some collectables. Here is HOW-TO protect your best stuff from this destructive force.
- Protecting your Collection from the Bad-Guys, Part 1- Security. By : Bill Harvey
HOW-TO take steps to protect your valuable collection. Keeping the bad-guys out is easy to understand, but what about the not-so-obvious security threats?
- Protecting your Collection from the Bad-Guys, Part 2 -Insurance, Alarms, and Your Mind-Set. By : Bill Harvey
In Protecting Your Collection, Part 1, I talked about security -both general household security, and measures specific to collectors. Now I do HOW-TO on insuring a valuable collection -with-out breaking the bank by upping you premiums. Also, in some ways, security is a mind-set. Here is some advice on getting your head around it all.
- Seasonal Storage Basics: Top 5 Rules By : Ellen Bell
Seasonal storage is a dilemma for many families. What do you do with all your holiday decorations for the other 11 months of the year? Learn how to get your seasonal storage organized right now so that holiday decorating goes faster and more smoothly next year.
- Antique Copper And Brass Care By : Michael Russell
Copper and brass (which is an alloy of copper and zinc) need constant cleaning, but modern long-term polishes and lacquers have made the task of cleaning and maintaining your antique collection so much easier.
- Handling Soot in Antique Car Engines By : Peter Salmonford
Soot can really be a real problem for classic cars. In this article, I examine the options you have to handle the soot.
- Handling Wear and Tear in Antique Car Engines By : Peter Salmonford
Antique engines require a lot of care. This article covers some things you can do.
- Grinding Valves in Antique Cars By : Peter Salmonford
A simple guide as to when to grind your valves in and when not to.
- The Performance of Antique Car Engines By : Peter Salmonford
An article about the performance of antique car engines.
- Tips for cleaning and preserving silver and gold jewelry By : giliav
This article will provide you with simple and easy tips on cleaning your silver and gold jewelry
- How Many Uses of Label Software? By : ANEEL DOGRA
Label software is one thing everyone can use, labels can helps you organize your CD's and other collectibles and print out addresses in a few minutes, using many different graphic templates.
- Caring For And Cleaning Your Silver By : Evelyn Whitaker
Silver becomes tarnished from materials that contain sulfur. Some of the most common things that will cause your silver to tarnish are wool, felt, food (especially eggs and mayonnaise), rubber bands, latex and certain types of paints. If the atmosphere is humid, the tarnish will accelerate.
- How to Care For and Clean Your Pewter By : Evelyn Whitaker
Tips and tricks for storing and keeping your pewter sparkling clean. Instructions for all types of pewter.
- Safeguarding Your Collectibles By : Charles Kassotis
Are you one of those people who have a valuable gun, china, or doll collection? You know the type: You visit a home and find an amazing selection of items laying around the house or stored in a display area for accessible viewing.
- Antique Furniture Restoration By : morganlee344
Restoration can be as simple as light cleaning to remove disfiguring dirt or grime, such as on the surface of a painting, or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement, as might be the case with old automobiles or furniture.
- Top Five Uses for Video Surveillance and Security Cameras By : Gen Wright
Everyone has the right to be safe from harm, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially. Thankfully, as the world gets more dangerous, there are peaceful, non-violent tools out there that can do just as well, if not better, at preventing you from becoming the victim than any weapon ever could.
- Four Self Defense Tools for You and Your Valuables By : Gen Wright
Walking alone at night through a parking lot to your darkened car that hides underneath a street light can be a harrowing experience. And even though the worst things that you expect to happen rarely ever do, you still hear stories everyday about "the last time [fill in the blank] was seen alive."
- Cleaning and Maintaining Pieces Made of Organic Material By : Dena
Organic material such as Mother of Pearl, Ivory, Pearl, Tortoiseshell, Bone, and Horn can be harmed if using any harsh cleaners. It can actually dissolve shell and eat away at organic material.