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On the back page of the last issue, in the Literature section, there was a brief description of a booklet entitled Library of Congress Specifications for Mat/Mounting Board, which had a few things wrong. Well, the description had a few things wrong too. The specifications described apply to cream-colored board, not to colored board, for instance. Here is how it should have read, with the corrected parts in italics:
Library of Congress Specifications for Mat/Mounting Board is a little eight-page booklet, printed in blue, grey and black on heavy paper and distributed free by Nielsen & Bainbridge. It is up to date, and these specifications are indeed used at the Library of Congress, but N&B forgot to tell their readers a few important things: 1) The specs are revised yearly, 2) they apply only to cream board (not colored) that LC buys for a specific use, and 3) Nielsen & Bainbridge reported that LC required adhesives used in the board to be alkaline, but LC does not specify a pH for adhesives. Nevertheless, the world is hungry for information about LC specs, especially about archival board, since there are no standards that cover them. On balance, the booklet will probably have a good effect.
The "Glossary of Terminology" provided by N&B, however, is so inaccurate that it would have been better to omit it. They got the name of ASTM wrong, defined a standard as a testing procedure, and said that sizing was a substance added to paper that fills in spaces between fibers. (3A9.8)
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Abbey Publications is a nonprofit corporation set up to encourage preservation of the written record, including the use of lasting materials in the creation of records. Its other publication is the Alkaline Paper Advocate. It is the policy of Abbey Publications to use permanent paper for both newsletters. In recent years, the paper has been Weyerhaeuser Cougar Opaque, which meets the ANSI standard (Z39.48-1992).Editor: Ellen McCrady