The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 14, Number 4
Jul 1990

Distance Learning: Chemistry For Conservators

The correspondence course for conservators mentioned on p. 46 in the June issue is described in more detail in a flyer picked up at the AIC meeting, but the sponsoring institution is still unidentified. The flyer says:


31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY Tel (071) 387 9651

The following course is offered by correspondence over three to four months (estimated eight hours study per week).

Chemistry for Conservators

This course provides an introduction for people with little or no chemistry. The syllabus is aimed at major conservation issues: e.g. types of materials, the environment, cleaning and deterioration. Using a combination of course literature, relevant experiments and assessed study units, the chemical principles needed to understand conservation practice will be explained.

The course takes approximately 3 months to complete and is divided into four blocks, covering an Introduction to chemical explanations of the physical world; First principles Staining the new language of chemistry; Chemistry in action samples the chemistry of materials that are of use in conservation; and Chemistry and the conservator, applying the knowledge gained in the previous blocks to 'your work.... �245.00. The next course commences in January 1991 by post and will be conducted in English.... Contact Summer Schools, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.

A Seminar For Photographic Processors

Rochester Institute of Technology's Technical and Education Center of the Graphic Arts will present a seminar on "Quality Control for Photographic Processing" Jan. 28-Feb. 1. It was held earlier, on July 9-13, as well. The seminar is designed for photographic processors and finishers, including processors of long films such as microfilm and motion pictures. Write RIT/T&E Seminar Center, Frank E. Gannett Building, PO Box 9887, Rochester, NY 14623-0887; or call Jim Lawrence at 716/475-2317.

Film And Vided Preservation In Oregon

Since November the Oregon Historical Society film archives department has been working with Alan Lewis, nationally recognized consultant in audiovisual archives, to create a plan for preserving and cataloging its huge collection of newsfilm and videotape. The archives has over 4,000 reels of 16mm film and over 500 videocassettes donated from three television stations. These constitute an integral part of the film and video heritage of the northwest and the nation. Efforts to preserve and make it available to researchers will be the ultimate goal of the projects initiated during this planning period. [From NAGARA Clearinghouse, Spring 19901

Preservation Photocopying Of Musical Scores

One of the "coordinated preservation projects" funded for 1990/91 by the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials is one to preserve musical scores collectively held by NYU, the New York Public Library, the Julliard School and the Manes College of Music. A total of 612 deteriorating volumes of musical scores will be preserved by producing one preservation photocopy of each of the original scores. Curators of the collections will select the volumes for preservation; volumes will be photocopied and bound by a commercial preservation facility. Shipments of volumes throughout the one-year grant period will be arranged and coordinated by NYU. The amount awarded is $22,383.

Four other projects of the same type will copy photographic negatives; transfer to another medium some sound recordings on acetate-based discs or tapes; microfilm selected agricultural records; and treat 1500 maps and atlases.

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