The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 21, Number 8

Editor's Page

Photograph of Ellen McCrady

A Thank-You to Supporters

The editor and trustees of Abbey Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, are grateful for the support received from the people and organizations listed below, as well as from those who gave smaller amounts. Without their help, we could not make this Newsletter nearly as useful as it is.

All donations go into the Abbey Publications account, thus contributing to the Abbey Newsletter, the Alkaline Paper Advocate, the Abbey pH Pen, and North American Permanent Papers,.

We have begun recording donations in a simpler and more efficient way. Instead of recording the names of people who gave during the previous 12 months, we will record names of donors who gave during the current year.

Donors are listed below as Patrons ($100-$400), and Contributors ($25+).

Ellen McCrady, Editor


Terry Norris


Elizabeth S. Banks
Sally A. Buchanan
Estate of Edwin Porter Garretson (in honor of Susan Swartzburg)
Mair and David La Touche
New York Community Trust
Lily Powell-Froissard
Isamu Sakamoto
Tamara Swora (in memory of Susan Swartzburg)
University Products, Inc.

Jane Dalrymple-Hollo
Hilary A. Kaplan
William Minter
Deborah J. Wender

Corrections and Amplifications

Vol. 21 #5-6, p. 77: The fax number for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) was wrong. The area codes for fax and telephone numbers are actually different, and we accidentally transposed two digits. Here is the correct fax number: 905/851-6029.

CBBAG has changed its Web address, too. The new one is much simpler: <>. It has general information about the organization's activities, introductory essays on all the book arts, a complete online version of CBBAG's 15th Anniversary exhibition, and one of the most comprehensive lists of links to other book arts sites on the web, including conservation and preservation sites. Over 127 new sites were added last month.

Vol. 21 #5-6, p. 94: The article on the encapsulation station actually had two authors. Credits should have read as follows:

"By Caroline Gilderson-Duwe and Melissa Matz. Gilderson-Duwe is Head of the Serials Department at Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Matz furnished the illustrations and co-authored the text."

Vol. 21 #7, p. 97: Gary Saretzky wrote in to say, "What Archival Outlook didn't mention about the laser turntable was the price: about $20,000 for the model that plays 78s as well as the slower speeds. It also has to be sent to Japan once a year for service."

Available From Abbey Publications (Short Version)

Current and back issues of this newsletter.

Current and back issues of the Alkaline Paper Advocate, which is ceasing publication after all the 1997 issues are published (sometime in mid-1998).

Abbey pH Pens®, in any quantity. $5.60 for 1-6 pens, $5.04 for 7-12, + shipping.

Copies of the subject classification scheme used for the Abbey Publications files and library. Available without charge to librarians keeping up a library or information service for preservation/conservation people, if they will provide feedback on how they use it.

Just Published

North American Permanent Papers, 3rd ed. E. McCrady, ed. June 1998. 60 pp. ISBN 0-9622071-4-4. $19.50 plus postage, from Abbey Publications, 7105 Geneva Dr., Austin, TX 78723 (512/929-3992, Fax 512/929-3995, e-mail

This edition includes for the first time a section in which manufacturers were invited to describe briefly each of their archival products that had special characteristics not referred to in the ANSI/NISO standard for paper permanence. The products are of seven types: archival board, watermarked copy paper for dissertations, paper or board for safe storage of photographs (i.e., that pass the Photographic Activity Test), dark or bright-colored permanent paper or board, handmade and artists' papers, buffered groundwood for journals and magazines, and archival paper or board the company can make on request.

In the main section, 400 papers are listed by their main use, and by company. Telephone numbers are provided for each of the 33 paper companies. All of the papers meet the specifications of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992, Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives.

Six brief chapters follow the lists of papers. All chapters listed below without attribution are by the Editor, and have been revised and updated.

Development of permanent record papers, by W.K. Wilson
The nature of permanence
Papermaking facts
The ANSI/NISO Z39.48 standard and other standards
Permanence testing by the purchaser
Paper products as enclosures for photographic images, by Peter Z. Adelstein

Abbey Online





AN 1975-78 1 1-4, 7, 15
  1990 14 7-8
  1991-96 15-20 Complete
  1997 21 1-7
APA 1992 5 6
  1993 6 3-6
  1994-6 7-9 Complete
  1997 10 1-2

Updated 6/98

These are the back issues of the Abbey Newsletter and the Alkaline Paper Advocate on our Web page in CoOL ( The list of "Useful Addresses" for 1997 is there too.

A volume is judged to be "complete" in CoOL when the longer features of each issue (e.g., articles) are posted.

Authors Please Take Note

Authors of articles and other contributions accepted for publication in the Abbey Newsletter will be assumed (unless they notify the editor otherwise) to be granting permission to publish their work in both print and electronic form, and to archive it and make it retrievable electronically. Authors retain copyright, however, and may republish their work in any way they wish.

Similarly with previous publishers of material who have given permission for their copyrighted material to be published in the Abbey Newsletter: The permission will be assumed to cover the electronic as well as the printed form.

This policy has been adopted for two reasons: 1) It helps the cause of preservation of library and archive materials, and 2) The recent "Tasini" decision endorses our policy by implication, since existing copyright law considers electronic reprints to be merely extra copies of the original publication, in another format.

The Abbey Newsletter: Preservation of Library & Archival Materials is issued eight times a year and has about 1040 subscribers. All subscriptions are for the calendar year. Checks or international money orders may be made out in U.S. dollars, payable to Abbey Publications; send to 7105 Geneva Dr., Austin, TX 78723, USA. Foreign checks must have the name of a U.S. bank printed on the front. International payments can be made by VISA or MasterCard.

Personal subscriptions are $45; institutional subscriptions are $55, and subscriptions for full-time students and unpaid interns $20. Overseas air mail is $15/year.

Paid advertisements, except for job ads, are not accepted. Job advertisements are billed at the rate of $50 for the heading and the first ten lines (50-55 characters per line), plus $2 per line thereafter. Any notice that is appropriate and newsworthy will be printed if there is room for it. Claims for issues never received will be honored within a year of publication.

The Abbey Newsletter is selectively indexed in Art & Archaeology Technical Abstracts, and the Institute of Paper Science & Technology Abstract Bulletin. All issues are in print, and each volume has its own index. It is the policy of Abbey Publications to use permanent paper for both newsletters.

The Editor encourages readers to photocopy freely from the Newsletter; but the Editor's permission must be obtained before making more than 20 copies at a time of lengthy or signed articles. This lets us make any necessary corrections or updates, or contact other copyright holders for permission to reprint.

Back issues for the last 8 years are on our Web page in CoOL <>.

Abbey Publications is a nonprofit corporation set up to encourage preservation of written or recorded information, including the use of lasting materials in the creation of records. The corporation has five trustees (Ellen McCrady, Gary Frost, Roberta Pilette, James Wellvang, and Thomas Clareson), and five officers (President Ellen McCrady; first vice president Gary Frost; second vice president Jim Wellvang; secretary Tom Clareson; and treasurer Paul Banks).

Editor: Ellen McCrady ©1998 Abbey Publications, Inc.

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