The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 9, Number 7
Dec 1985

Editor's Page

Foreign Payments Picture Eases

There have been three recent developments that make it easier for people in other countries to pay for this newsletter. The first, of course, is that the dollar is now cheaper for foreigners to buy.

The second development is that the Abbey Newsletter now has an account in Barclays Bank in London. Anyone who can write a check in pounds sterling can just send it to the newsletter office here in Utah, and we will deposit it in London after crediting your account. (This bank account also makes it easy for the editor to pay for English subscriptions and conferences.)

The third development is that the Editor has realized, belatedly, that subscription agents can handle individual subscriptions as well as institutional ones. The subscriber is charged little or nothing for this service. Some of the agents that handle overseas subscriptions for the Abbey Newsletter are:

American & Overseas Publications Ltd.
P.O. Box 42476
Fordsburg 2033
Johannesburg, South Africa

Akateeninen Kirjakauppa
Periodicals Group
P.O. Box 128
SF-00101 Helsinki 10

International Subscription Agencies Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 709
Toowong, Queensland
Australia 4066

Livraria Ferin, Limitada
Rua Nova do Almada, 70-74
1200 Lisboa

Blackwell' s Periodicals
Bibliography Dept.
P.O. Box 40
Oxford 0X1 2EU

Dawson France
BP 40
91121 Palaiseau Cedex

Martins Nijhoff
Periodicals Division
P.O. Box 269
2501 AX the Hague

Serials Management Systems
P.O. Box 2382
London, Ontario
Canada N6A 5A7


The short news item on the front page of the last issue, about the CCI Mobile Lab, was not correct in stating that the Canadian Conservation Institute gave no reason for discontinuing the service. in fact the CCI consulted quite extensively (it has been learned) with provincial officials and with members of the Canadian museum community concerning the Mobile Laboratory Programme and the reasons for discontinuing this service. These reasons were also clearly communicated to the museum community through previous correspondence and announcements in addition to this year's covering letter.

The letter said, "As you may already be aware, the Mobile Conservation Laboratory Programme will be discontinued after its 1986 season. We believe the original objective of the Mobile Laboratory Programme--to promote basic conservation awareness throughout the museum community in Canada- -will have been effectively achieved by 1986. At that time, we hope to have in place another type of programme which will continue to provide conservation services to museums and galleries across the country. We are currently discussing possible options with each Province and will be able to provide you with more information by next summer.

"In the meantime, we welcome any thoughts or suggestions you may wish to make regarding a replacement programme or service to the present mobile laboratories.. . ."

This information was not available to the Abbey Newsletter, and the short news item in another newsletter, from which the facts were drawn for this story, did not include them. Nevertheless, the story as written did leave the wrong impression.

In the "People" column of the last issue, the announcement about Ann Swartzell contained an error: she will not be administering the statewide preservation program described on the front page of the previous issue. Connie Brooks will be doing that, as she explains in her letter of November 25:

"The New York State Library is comprised of two major units: the Library, and the Division of Library Development. Ann Swartzell is the Associate Librarian (Conservation) for the Library, and I am the Associate in Library Services (Conservation) for the Division of Library Development. It is the Division of Library Development that administers the statewide preservation program.

"I assumed my new duties as the coordinator of the New York State Conservation/Preservation Program in September. Before that I was the Andrew W. Mellon Preservation Administration Intern at the New York Public Library. Prior to accepting the internship, I was an assistant book conservator at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin."

The Abbey Newsletter: Bookbinding and Conservation is issued six or more times a year and has about 1000 subscribers. New subscribers automatically receive all issues published in the current year, unless they request otherwise. All subscriptions expire on the last day of the year. To initiate or renew a subscription, send name, address, and a check for $30 made out to Abbey Newsletter, c/o Preservation Department, Brigham Young University Library, Provo, UT 84602. The telephone number is 801/378-2512 during the day and 801/373-1598 evenings and weekends. Note: the News letter is not part of the University or the Library.

No paid advertisements are accepted, but any notice that is appropriate and has news value will be printed if there is room for it. Written contributions and bits of news are welcome. Claims for issues which are defective or damaged in the mail, and for back issues paid for but never received, will be honored without question within a year of publication.

The Abbey Newsletter is indexed in Art & Archaeology Technical Abstracts, Institute of Paper Chemistry Abstract Bulletin and Graphic Arts Literature Abstracts (RIT). It is not indexed in the usual periodical indexes because it is a newsletter.

The Editor encourages readers to copy and pass around any article from the Newsletter, even entire issues; but before copying any part on a scale that amounts to republication, they must obtain permission from both editor and author.

Editor and publisher: Ellen McCrady  
Copyright 1985 Ellen McCrady ISSN: 0276-8291

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