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ASTM workshop on printing and writing papers

From: Walter Henry <whenry>
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 1994
Speakers and Topics Announced for July Workshop
on the Effects of Paper Aging

Philadelphia, February 21--The ASTM (American Society for Testing and
Matierla) Institute for Standards Research (ISR) has announced the
speakers and topics for a three-day global workshop that will focus on
the effects of aging on printing and writing papers.  The workshop is
scheduled for July 6-8 at ASTM Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.  At the
request of ASTM Committee D-6 on Paper and Paper Products, ISR is
assisting in the endeavor to initiate research that is intended to
determine the possibility of producing specifications based only on the
functional requirements of the end users of printing and writing papers
in lieu of current prescriptive-based specifications.

The intent of the workshop is to provide a forum for the broadest
possible input to the requirements of the research program.  Open to the
public, people from the producer, consumer/user, and general interest
communities will be invited to attend.  They will be asked to
participate in formulating a prioritized set of research requirements
that can be presented to research institutions for bids and then to
funding organizations for the solicitation of funds to carry out that

To achieve the ultimate goal of determining the possibility of producing
performance-based specifications, it will be necessary to at least
understand the mechanisms of the natural aging of these papers in
conditions of normal storage, as well as to further understand the sound
science regarding the role of lignin in the aging of paper.  Moreover,
it must be determined whether or not reliable test methods can be
developed for the accelerated aging of papers in the presence of heat
and humidity, light, and atmospheric pollutants.

The first day of the workshop includes the following topics of

    "An Overview of Paper Deterioration,"  Mr. Terry Norris, Retired
    Chairman of Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company and former President of

    "Paper Permanence: Present Needs and Future Opportunities," Dr. Paul
    N. Banks, University of Texas, Austin, TX

    "The Mechanisms of Chemical Deterioration of Paper," Dr. Paul
    Whitmore, Research Center on the Materials of the Artist and the
    Conservator, Carnegie Mellon Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

    "The Mechanisms of Physical Deterioration of Paper," Dr. Derek H.
    Page, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Atlanta, GA

    "The Mechanisms of Optical Deterioration of Paper," Dr. Rajai
    Atalla, USDA-Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI

    "Artificial Aging of Paper: Correlation with Natural Aging," Dr.
    Derek J. Priest, Department of Paper Science, UMIST, Manchester, UK

    "Chemistry and Physics of Lignin Containing Papers as they Relate to
    Paper Permanence," Dr. Cyril Heitner, PAPRICAN, Pointe Claire,

    "Optical Properties of Lignin Containing Papers as they Relate to
    Paper Permanence," Dr. Gordon J. Leary, Network of Centres of
    Excellence, Pointe Claire, Quebec

    "Paper Composition: Other Important Considerations Affecting Paper
    Permanence,"  Dr. Bruce Lyne, International Paper Company, Tuxedo,

    "Accelerated Aging Test Methods: Pros and Cons," Dr. Chandru
    Shahani, U.S. Library of Congress Preservation Office, Washington,

    "Canadian Cooperative Permanent Paper Research Program: Development
    Process - Physical Testing Aspects," Dr. Norayr Gurnagul, PAPRICAN,
    Pointe Claire, Quebec

    "Canadian Cooperative Permanent Paper Research Program: Development
    Process - Chemical Testing Aspects,"  Dr. Helen Burgess, Canadian
    Conservation Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

    "The European Community Science & Technology for Environmental
    Protection (STEP) Program, Mr. John B.G.A. Havermans, TNO Industrial
    Research, The Netherlands

    "Swedish R&D Project on Paper Preservation," Dr. Tom Lindstrom,
    Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

During the second and third days of the workshop, attendees will meet in
small groups to determine research priorities. Building on the current
state of scientific understanding presented during day one, the small
groups will define remaining individual research needs.  The entire
group will then seek to reach consensus on the scope and priority of
research needed to determine the possibility of producing
performance-based specifications."

The workshop is being sponsored by the Canadian Conservation Institute,
Champion International, Domtar Inc., DuPont Canada Inc., Fibreco Pulp
Inc., the Guild of Fine Art Care and Treatment Standards, International
Paper, Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper, Millar
Western Pulp Ltd., the National Archives of Canada, the National Gallery
of Art (U.S.), the National Information Standards Organization, the
National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property, the
National Library of Canada, Potlatch Corp., Slave Lake Pulp Ltd., Tembec
Inc., the USDA-Forest Products Laboratory-Paper Physics and Fiber
Product Research, and West Fraser Ltd.

For information on registration or sponsorship, contact

    Kathleen Riley
    Executive Director
    1916 Race Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

February 17, 1994

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:64
                 Distributed: Wednesday, March 9, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-7-64-016
Received on Tuesday, 8 March, 1994

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