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Subject: Materials and techniques database

Materials and techniques database

From: Anne Lapointe <anne.lapointe>
Date: Thursday, October 15, 1998
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Each year in the painting's conservation laboratory of the Centre de
conservation du Quebec, we treat a large number of paintings dating
from the 17th to the 20th century. These paintings mostly belong to
museums, parishes and not-for-profit organisations in the province
of Quebec.

We would like to create a database on artists' materials and
techniques, using a software programme such as FileMaker Pro or
Access. This database could allow us to retain, in a concise format,
useful information on the materials and techniques used in each
painting we examine or treat. Over the years, it will enable us to
make simple and rapid searches on a given artist, group of artists,

Although this database would be primarily accessed for research
through a computer, we would ideally like the format of the
individual files to be printable on a single page of standard size
paper. Before deciding on the final format of our model file, we
would like to hear from colleagues who may have already created such
a database in other institutions. Any general advice or information
on the format of a model file, the computer software used, the
possibilities of research and of integration to larger networks,
would be greatly appreciated.

Anne Lapointe
Painting Laboratory
Centre de conservation du Quebec
1825 rue Semple, Quebec (Qc)
G1N 4B7 Canada
Fax: 418-646-5419

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