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Subject: Coating on drafting linen

Coating on drafting linen

From: Carol Edwards <cedwards>
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 1996
The Field Records Library collection includes many maps, charts,
etc. drawn or copied onto a linen-base material, which has a smooth
surface. Many of these items have an odor, even though the material
does not appear moldy, discolored, etc.  It is not a
musty/dusty/moldy smell. It's more of a sharp smell.  A
Colleague has suggested that the linen was treated with a paraffin
based product of some kind, and that the smell may come from the
deterioration of that product.  Anyone out there have experience
with linen-base material like this, and or know the source of this
smell?  With many thanks.

Carol Edwards
USGS Field Records Library

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:1
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 19, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-10-1-002
Received on Tuesday, 18 June, 1996

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