Volume 9, Number 7
Column Editor: Robert Espinosa
Conservator, Brigham Young University Library
- Dieu Donne Press and Paper celebrates its Tenth Anniversary in
1986. They invite you to become acquainted with their 100% rag,
handmade, archival papers. Price list and samples are available by
contacting them at 3 Crosby St., NY, NY 10013, 212/226-0573.
- Andrews/Nelson/Whitehead has recently added acid-free,
heavyweight Phase Box Board to its line of acid-free papers and
boards. The gray/white hoard is 58 pts. thick and is buffered with
calcium carbonate. For samples and additional information, please
contact Andrews/Nelson/Whitehead, 31-10 48th Ave., Long Island City,
- Toshiko Kenjo of the Tokyo National Research Institute of
Cultural Properties has developed a humidity buffering paper which
incorporates Nikka pellets. This paper is now available from Mishima
Seishi Co., Ginza 6-16-12, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Custom Fit Book Boxes
Two more additions to our list of firms who can supply custom fit
book boxes from measurements supplied by the client, published inn
the Sept., '85 AN, are:
Dunn & Wilson Ltd.
Scotland FK1 4HP
Deborah Wender, Bookbinder
13 Central St.
Salem, MA 01970
- Many conservators have been discovering the wonders of the
Salton "Cook 'N Stir" model SM-1 for producing a beautifully smooth
sticky paste, previously only the result of careful and
time-consuming continuous hand-stirring. This machine cooks and
stirs for as long as you like and will make up to 800 ml of paste
per cook. It is currently available through specialty housewares
catalogues such as Hammacher-Schlemmer and Williams-Sonoma, but may
also be available in local department and cooking stores, from
- Another new tool being adopted by conservators for
humidification, demonstrated by Marilyn Weidner at the AIC meeting
this past May in Washington, D.C., is the ultrasonic humidifier. It
produces a very fine mist and the humidity is "cold" so you can
create an extremely humid environment in a short period of tine and
not have a problem with condensation forming on the inside surfaces
of the humidification chamber. Again they are available both through
specialty catalogues (Brookstone) and also inn local discount or
department stores; one brand commonly found ins the Biotech Bionaire
for about $150.
- The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) has announced the
availability of blueprints and a construction manual for CCI's newly
developed Relative Humidity Control Module for Display Cases. These
may be obtained both in French and English at a cost $15 (Can.).
During the research and development phase the CCI followed these
1) The unit must be robust, quiet and easy to build.
2) It must supply controlled air, adjustable between 45% and
60% RH, through easily concealed small diameter tubing.
3) The unit as a whole must cost less than $1,000 for parts.
4) The humidifier should be of the evaporative type and the
dehumidifier of the refrigerant type.
5) A silica gel buffer should be present to smooth out the
output of the humidifier and dehumidifier.
6) The mechanical components used should require minimal
Contact: Canadian Conservation Institute, Training and
Information Division, 1030 Innes Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIA 0MB.
- Murray Millar of Australia has sent us a brochure on a very
interesting instrument useful to leafcasters for the calculation of
losses from documents, etc. It is the Tamaya Planix 7P Digital
Planimeter, which is a very precise instrument for quick and
accurate determination of areas on blueprints, maps, photographs,
drawings, etc. By simply following the outline of the area
(clockwise for positive values, counterclockwise for negative
values, which may aid inn final computations) with the Planix 7P
tracer, the revolution of the measuring wheel is sensed by the
electro shaft-encorder and will display the circumscribed area
digitally and directly in the units of cubic cm, n, km, in., ft., or
acres (for those really big jobs). It is calculator size, with
several calculator-type functions, weighs about 2 lbs., and operates
on rechargeable Ni-Cd batteries. The manufacturer's address is
Tamaya Technics Inc., 14-7, Ikegami 2-Chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146,
Japan. Sorry, no price is listed.
- If you are planning a new conservation laboratory and are
looking into fume hoods, one of the most economical but professional
lines of hoods is available from Labconco. They produce both
portable and built-in hoods of molded Fiberglas construction, some
with integral motor/blowers (see the new Protector Series Hoods),
and the price savings over other hoods can be as much as half. They
are available through most of the national scientific equipment
suppliers (Fisher, VWR, etc.), who can supply brochures and
specifications, or contact Labconco Co., 8811 Prospect, Kansas City,
Missouri 64132, 816/ 333-8811.
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