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Subject: Book with sticky cover

Book with sticky cover

From: Helen McPherson <hmcpherson<-a>
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2005
Conservation staff at the State Library of Victoria have received an
enquiry re a suitable housing for a book which has a black, high
gloss cover. The book is "Sung Sherds" by Nils Palmgren, and the
binder is listed as Esselte-Herzogs.

It would appear that a vinyl type of material with a cloth or foam
backing has been used to cover the boards. The vinyl marks easily
when handled, and is sticky to the touch. Samples of archival paper,
Mylar, polyethylene and Tyvek all stick to the surface temporarily,
to varying degrees. The only material which doesn't seem to stick is
silicone release paper. Although the owner has not handled the book
very much, a crack has already appeared in the vinyl surface at the
board joint. Has anyone else come across this book, and what options
are there for preserving the cover?

Helen McPherson
Conservator, Materials
Collection Management Division
State Library of Victoria
+61 3 8664 7331
Fax: +61 3 9639 6559

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:41
                  Distributed: Tuesday, March 8, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-18-41-010
Received on Thursday, 24 February, 2005

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