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Subject: Accordioning music scores

Accordioning music scores

From: Brian J. Baird <bjbaird>
Date: Thursday, February 17, 1994
Lisa Philpott asked for an option for attaching pages of a music score
together other than using acidic, adhesive coated linen tape.  This type
of linen tape has a lot of problems.  First, it is acidic.  Second, the
adhesive tends to dry up in a few years and the tape comes off leaving a
hard residue on the paper. And third, the tape is stiff and creates a
breaking edge for the paper to be damaged against.  I suggest you use
white Japanese paper and wheat paste to attach your pages together.
Acid free Mulberry paper can be purchased for a reasonable price.  This
paper is white, flexible, and is a good weight to use for holding most
modern western papers together.

Another option would be to use heatset tissue or Crompton tissue. This
option is not as good, but these tissues are a little easier to work
with, and do not require the drying time and moisture control that the
Japanese paper and paste treatment does.

Brian J. Baird
Assistant Preservation Librarian and General Collections Conservator
Princeton University Libraries
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:60
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