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Subject: Cleaning and housing phonograph discs

Cleaning and housing phonograph discs

From: Normandy Helmer <nhelmer>
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 1994
We have begun to process a large collection of phonodiscs, dating from
the '60s.  They are filthy and musty, and we would like to clean then
before adding them to our collection.  (We can't afford a cleaning
machine.) The music librarian recommended washing them with distilled
water and Ivory liquid, but I'd like to disinfect them, if possible.  A
query to the Music Library Association list produced several
suggestions: 1.  Don't use Lysol. 2. Use PhotoFlo, 3. Use bleach, 4. Use
alcohol.  Would someone with a chemistry background please comment?

I also need to find a source for replacement sleeves.  These are 12-inch
discs, and the cardboard jackets fit so snugly that modern poly-lined
paper sleeves wrinkle and split out the elderly jackets.  Any

Normandy Helmer
Head, Preservation & Binding Dept.
University of Oregon Library
Eugene, OR 97405-1299
(503) 346-1864

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:62
                Distributed: Thursday, February 24, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-7-62-006
Received on Tuesday, 22 February, 1994

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