Volume 4, Number 1, Feb. 1982, p.4



The Library of Congress has just published Matting and Hinging, of Works of Art on Paper, a National Preservation Program Publication. Compiled by Merrily A. Smith and illustrated by Margaret R. Brown, of the Library's Preservation Office, Research Services, the 32-page publication is part of a series intended to provide current and useful information to the serious conservator.

In the western hemisphere the matting of paper works of art is popular because it not only provides protection and support but makes possible a standard size and format for a wide range of materials. It also provides a safe, connected surface for annotation.

The designs and methods of construction presented are those currently used in the Library's Restoration Office. The publication developed from conservation workshop notes, prepared by its staff as instructional material for new staff members and for outside group seminars.

The 15 detailed illustrations assist the reader in following the instructions for making standard mats, sink mats, double-sized mats, polyester slings, and variations thereof. Also included are a glossary, list of supplies and suppliers, and a wheat starch paste recipe.

Matting and Hinging of Works of Art on Paper is available for $2.75 in person from the Information Counter, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, or by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 030-000-00134-6). A set of preservation leaflets on other topics is available free of charge upon request to: Chief, Preservation Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.

Contact: John Sullivan (202) 287-5108.

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