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Subject: Cellulose acetate

Cellulose acetate

From: James Elwing <elgur>
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2001
I have begun using Bainbridge Artcare buffered sleeves (1 and 2 ply)
for cold storage of deteriorating acetate sheet photographic film.
These contain zeolites and 3.5% calcium / magnesium buffer. While
(via IPI A-D strips) it appears quite effective at absorbing acetic
acid:

    a.  Does anybody know any established limits of this material to
        absorb acetic acid?

    b.  On the understanding that acetyl groups constitute perhaps
        40%-44% of various cellulose acetate films, does anyone have
        an informed opinion as to roughly how much of this acetic
        acid needs to be given off by a film before it may be
        regarded as photographically deceased? (or is there no point
        at which this may be regarded as having happened)

James Elwing
Archives Conservator
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney


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