Volume 13, Number 4
Products & Services
Preservation Supplies And Equipment
- Ultraviolet light can be used to prevent microbial growth inside
humidifiers. Graeme Scott gave a paper on this at the March
symposium on Environmental Monitoring and Control, sponsored by the
Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration. Water is
circulated continuously around a UT fluorescent tube. Mr. Scott's
address is Dundee Museums & Art Galleries, Albert Square, Dundee
DD1 1DA, Scotland.
- A lighting system connected to a motion detector so that an area
need only be lit while people are in it is available from Richard
Spencer, 1422 Boswell, Crete, NZ 68333 (402/826-4155). It was
designed for museum use and involves a computer; a video tape is
available showing how the system (STATIC LIGHTING) works.
- An English firm has produced an ultraviolet light monitor
designed to measure the low levels of UT energy present in museums:
the Elsec UT Light Monitor type 762. It is extremely simple to
operate, according to the November Conservation News,
and measures the proportion of UT light in the overall incident
light. The unit has two ranges of operation, 0-100 and 0-1000
uW/lumen, which together cover all lighting conditions including
both artificial and direct sunlight. (At about 70 uW/lumen, UT
filters are considered necessary). The pocket-sized, battery-powered
light monitor is robust and needs no other accessories. For further
information contact Bill Hall at Littlemore Scientific Engineering
Co., Railway Lane, Littlemore, Oxford 0X4 4PZ, England. Littlemore
also sells integrating and recording light meters.
- Dust-Witch 2000 is a device that fits onto the hose of your
present vacuum cleaner and works by blowing out air, then drawing it
in again. It is said to be good for brittle books because bits and
pieces are less likely to go up the tube. $25 from Garnet Projects,
POB 30241, Station B, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2M 4P1
(403/250-5429). Picture is in American Libraries Oct.
1988, p. 800.
- Selectec has a new series of photocopy machines for copying
books, the 1700 series, which is faster than the 1600 series but
still slow. It has reduction and enlargement and is designed to be
easy for patrons to use. $6,445 to $8,445. Contact University Copy
Service, Inc., 2413 Bond St., University Park, IL 60466
- Michael Barford & Associates is a consulting service
specializing in the environmental control of museums, and offering a
variety of services to monitor and control the indoor environment.
They have been in business since 1970, and can count among their
clients the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Delaware Art Museum,
and several big zoos (which have a large number of different
environments to maintain). They have a lot of informative
literature, from which it can be seen that they appreciate the
priorities and concerns of cultural institutions. Address: 802 East
Maple Ave., Lindenwold, NJ 08021 (609/784-4383).
- Landmark Facilities Group (Ernest A. Conrad, Pres.; 252 East
Ave., Norwalk, CT 06855, 203/866-4626) is an engineering firm
specializing in buildings with special needs: museums, libraries,
historical structures, telephone companies, computer centers, labs
and so on. They do design, analysis and maintenance of mechanical,
electrical and environmental systems. Among their clients are the
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEDCC
and the Pierpont Morgan Library.
- Archival Survival is the name of a company that does
preservation microfilming (505 President St., Brooklyn, NY 11215,
718/858-0890). Their ad in the Journal of the American
Institute for Conservation says they specialize in working
with libraries and archives and meet all standards--and their logo
has a little infinity sign in it.
- Three book photocopying services are: Library Binding Service,
Archival Products (PO Box 1413, Des Moines, IA 50305, 800/247-5323);
BookLab (8403 Cross Park Dr., Suite 2E, Austin, TX 78754,
512/837-0479); and University of Minnesota, University Bindery (Marc
Flechsig, Mgr., 2818 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 54414,
612/373-2884). The University of Minnesota Bindery has been actively
reproducing books for about 10 years, for other libraries as well as
their own, and have samples of their work and an information sheet
that they can send out. LBS dropped the service for a while, but are
now providing it again.
- UV filter labels saying "Do not Throw This Tube Away; Put it on
the new light bulb; Ultra-violet light filter for collection
conservation," made of bright yellow adhesive polyester, can be
bought 1000 for $77 from S&K Label Co., 905-8 Ridge Ave.,
Lombard, IL 60148.
- Activated Charcoal Cloth is a unique high performance activated
carbon with the appearance of a woven textile, which has been used
in the Tate Gallery to line storage and display cabinets to absorb
pollutants. Information from Charcoal Cloth Ltd., Park Court, la,
Park St., Maidenhead SL6 1SN, Berkshire, England.
- A freon substitute with low ozone depletion potential was
marketed last year under the trade name Formacel S, also known as
HCFC-22, by DuPont. Richard Smith wrote last year that Wei T'o uses
HCFC-22 in all its aerosol sprays and "Soft Spray."
- Robyn Lowe's third year student project at the Canberra College
of Advanced Education is "Investigation into the Applications of
Beva and Parafilm M as a Synthetic Adhesive in Paper
- Adam Chemical Co., which used to distribute Beva 371 adhesive
and film but does so no longer, says in a December 1988 letter that
they will continue distributing the film, which "to avoid confusion"
they have renamed ADAMtm EVA FILM--but the samples they
send out are referred to as "ADAM 371tm EVA FILM."
The President of Conservator's Products Co., which now
distributes BEVA 371, wrote in to correct the impression given by
the notice in an earlier issue: "BEVA® is a
registered trademark. Our company has the license for the exclusive
use of this trademark. Therefore BEVA® 371 film is
available exclusively from our company."
- Harmatan leather tanners have moved to Northampton and
amalgamated with W. Pearce and Co. Ltd. Together they hope to expand
the range and improve the quality of the leathers they produce.
Write Harmatan Leather Limited, Billing Park, Northampton, NN3 48G,
- Russell Bookcrafts, suppliers of Oasis goatskins and other
bookbinding supplies, have also moved. Their new address is North
House, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedford-shire MK44 3AB,
- Harcourt Bindery has a new source of Nigerian goat called
"WASSA" Goat, tanned in Europe. It is vegetable tanned, aniline
dyed, and pre-split to 1-3/4 oz. Sam Ellen-port says it is an
excellent binding leather at a much lower price than the usual
Russell or Harmatan skins. On May 1, when he wrote, he was stocking
six colors. Send a SASE for swatch card and price list: 51 Melcher
St., Boston, NA 02210 (617/542-5858).
- There are still some people who don't believe that you can get
neutral pH glassine paper, because they have read that it was always
made with sulphuric acid. Glassine can be, and is, also made by
beating the fiber a long time, which does not effect the pH. You can
get it from Paper Technologies, Inc. 25801 Obrero #4, Mission Viejo,
CA 92691 (714/768-7498). They also sell other archival papers, boxes
and folders, and Mylar. Some of their papers are handmade and
machine-made Japanese papers, of which samples are available.
- The Japanese Paper division of Infusion Ltd. has been formally
changed to Hiromi Paper International. It supplies traditional,
contemporary and custom-made Japanese papers for artists, graphic
arts and conservators. Paper is shipped from Japan directly to the
customer. Write Hiromi Paper International, c/o Royal Ren Co., 409
Santa Monica Blvd., #225, Santa Monica, CA 90401
- Falkiner Fine Papers have moved to 76 Southampton Row, London,
near the British Museum.
- Khadi Handmade Papers, in Sussex, sell a few papers from North
Thailand. They are described as unsized and similar to Japanese
papers but less costly. (Shipping them from England to the U.S.
might erase the cost difference.) Khadi Handmade Papers, 54 North
St., Chichester, Sussex P019 lNQ, England. (From the Summer 1988
SOBBR Newsletter Western Region.)
- Archivart (301 Veterans Blvd., Rutherford, NJ 07070,
201/935-2900) has some very stiff and strong "Cross Laminated
Multi-Use Board" that comes 52" x 96". Minimum pH is 7.0. The two
corrugated cores run at right angles to each other.
- Archivart has responded to bookbinders' need for a good
acid-free endpaper, and are offering Mohawk Vellum in Cream White 60
and 75 lb., and Beige 60 lb. They are now also providing the results
of the Photo Activity Test for products frequently used with