The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 16, Number 3
Jun 1992

Editor's Page

A Thank-You to Supporters

The editor and trustees of Abbey Publications, Inc., want to express appreciation for support received from the people and organizations listed below. So far this year $4,453 has been received.

All donations are considered as going to Abbey Publications (thus contributing to both the Abbey Newsletter and the Alkaline Paper Advocate). Donors are listed below as Benefactors ($1000+), Sponsors ($500+), Patrons ($100+), and Contributors ($25+).

Benefactors: Miami Paper Corporation, and Nancy P. Russell.

Sponsors: Acme Bookbinding Company, Inc.

Patrons: Pamela W. Darling, Terry Norris, The New York Community Trust - James Talcott Fund, Elaine R. Schlefer, University Microfilms, Inc., University Products, Inc., and William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.

Contributors: Anchor Hand Bookbinding, Catherine Atwood, Ronald L. Becker, Wesley L. Boomgaarden, Constance L. Brooks, Sherry Byrne, Elizabeth S. Cziffra, Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, James C. Dast, Judith Fortson, Doris Hamburg, Margaret H. Johnson, George B. Kelly, Jr., Eric MacDonald, Julia V. Miller, Kathleen M. Orlenko, Marie L. Payne, Eleanor Quandt, Cheryl A. Shackelton, Eric C. Shoaf, Willman Spawn, James G. Stephens, Ann G. Swartzell, Technical Library Service, Inc., Marcia A. Watt, Marilyn Kemp Weidner, James K Wellvang, and William K Wilson.

The Abbey Newsletter: Bookbinding and Conservation is issued eight times a year and has about 1250 subscribers. All subscriptions are for the calendar year. New subscribers automatically receive all issues published in the current year, unless they request otherwise. Checks may be made out in U.S. dollars or English pounds, payable to Abbey Publications; send to 320 E. Center St., Provo, UT 84606.

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Descriptions-even enthusiastic descriptions-of products or services in this Newsletter are not to be taken as endorsements or policy statements.

The Abbey Newsletter is selectively indexed in Art & Archaeology Technical Abstracts and the Institute of Paper Science & Technology Abstract Bulletin. All issues but v.1 #2 are in print, and each volume has its own index. Interim indexes are available on request.

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Abbey Publications is a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation (tax ID #87-0436104). Its other publication is the Alkaline Paper Advocate. It is the policy of Abbey Publications to use alkaline paper for both newsletters.

Editor: Ellen McCrady

©1992 Abbey Publications, Inc.

Circulation Manager: Linda Agler

Phone: 801/373-1598

ISSN: 0276-8291

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In the February issue, the first leaflet of a new series by the National Preservation Information Project, Preservation Basics: Preservation of Scrapbooks and Albums, was announced. Readers were referred to regional conservation centers for copies, but no names and addresses were given because most of them are in the list of "Useful Addresses" sent to each subscriber yearly. They are: AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, CCAHA, Library of Congress National Preservation Program Office, NEDCC and SOLINET. Another center, not in that list yet, can also send out copies: Pittsburgh Regional Library Center (PRLC), Attn: Sally Buchanan, 103 Yost Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221.


That "Quick Report of Two Important Conferences" in the February issue should have been written a little less quickly, because it gave a wrong impression of the changes Mary Baker and her co-authors found in paper after light bleaching. Terry T. Schaeffer of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sent in a brief report of that research that gives an accurate and fuller summary of the findings:

Our results showed unequivocally that color reversion after artificial, humid oven, aging of protein sized rag paper was less in the aqueously light bleached samples than in untreated controls or samples immersed in the dark. Other changes in the physical properties of the aqueously light bleached samples may not be caused by exposure to light per se, but rather by the repeated immersion of the samples. We reached this conclusion because similar changes, following artificial aging, were observed in samples kept in the dark while immersed.

But Abbey is Misunderstood Sometimes Too

In the March AIC News, on p. 21, there is a brief summary of the article, "Three Deacidification Methods Compared," from the December Abbey Newsletter. It says, "The author points out that her opinion differs in some respects from that of the panel that evaluated the processes for the Library of Congress." But that is impossible, because, as I said, I had no way of knowing what the panel's opinions were. It concealed its opinions from everyone. What I said was, "My own evaluation does not reflect the thinking of the panel that evaluated the processes for LC, and will very likely differ from anybody else's evaluation in one or more respects." In short, mine was an independent summary, not a contradictory one.

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