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Subject: Storing clay tablets

Storing clay tablets

From: Alan P Van Dyke <alan>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999
I am soliciting housing designs for clay tablets.  I've been charged
with creating a housing for six clay tablets with cuneiform writing,
and would like to know what other institutions have done.  Currently,
they are housed in little tins and plastic boxes stuffed with cotton
batting.  While this affords some protection, the cotton is rather
abrasive, and the overall look is rather unprofessional.  Basically,
I would like to know what materials have been used, type of housing,
and whether it has proved effective over the course of time.  Good
designs or bad, let me know.  My housing will primarily be for
storage purposes, but the tablets will be available for study, and
therefor the housing should be appropriate for such use.

Alan P. Van Dyke
Conservation Liaison
Department of Manuscripts and Archives
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin

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