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Subject: Deaccessioning and destruction of hazardous artifacts

Deaccessioning and destruction of hazardous artifacts

From: Karen Potje <kpotje<-a>
Date: Monday, May 9, 2005
We are reviewing our deaccession policy.  I would like to hear from
any institutions that has a clause in their deaccession policy
referring to the destruction of artefacts which are hazardous or
pose a risk to other collections or to staff (eg. severely
mould-contaminated documents).   Have any of you, as conservators,
been part of the decision-making process to determine that an
artefact is dangerous and should be destroyed?  What was the
procedure for making that decision?  And how was the artefact

Karen Potje
Head, Conservation/Preservation
Canadian Centre for Architecture

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:54
                   Distributed: Friday, May 20, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-18-54-020
Received on Monday, 9 May, 2005

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