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Measuring acidity in paper

From: Leah Warriner-Wood <leah<-a>
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Mary Miller <memiller<-a t->umn< . >edu> writes

>I received an inquiry from a student in our Art Department.  He is
>working on a project to plant pulp fiction novels under plants. He's
>interested in measuring the levels of acidity of the paper in the
>books, so that he can find plants with similar amounts of acidity in
>their soil (I assume that's part of the art project).  At the risk
>of exposing my scientific naivete, is there feasible way for him to
>measure the pH levels of paper in a book?

This publication by the Canadian Conservation Institute
might be useful.  It weighs up the various methods of pH
testing for media commonly found in museum collections:


Leah Warriner-Wood

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:23
                Distributed: Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Received on Sunday, 2 November, 2014

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