I am giving my standard sliverfish reply.-Silica Gel.
I learned this from an agricultural extension agent back in the 1970s and it is a practice used by archives as well.
Silica gel is a granular product, you find it a craft stores for drying flowers etc. It is about $5 a box, or plastic tub. I use this for both books and records. If there is a problem sprinkle the silica gel in the box with the books or records, depending on the box size it takes about a teaspoon or tablespoon. Keep the box closed up and separate from other items. When ever I set up a new shelf I spinkle it across the back and in corners. I also put this in boxes when moving and putting things in storage. This controls silverfish, and also is a humidity control (its main archival use) This does not work on roaches, and I have not found a way to keep them from coming in with boxes (any suggestions?). Silica gel is what is in the little white packets found in electronic equipment boxes.
I have zillions of both books and records, that have come from a wide range of sources, and silverfish are not a problem for me because of this practice.
Dr. Cheryl Thurber
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--- On Sat, 11/7/09, Shai Drori <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Shai Drori <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [78-L] saving an album
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Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 1:26 PM
Well, if you have the financial resources you can give the album to a professional restorer. They have archive quality papers and materials and they can build whole albums like new. It costs a bit but you get top grade works and save the record and artwork.
Thomas Stern wrote:
> this discussion raises a general question regarding archival
> and collector practice relating to record albums.
> Many store the records in archive quality sleeves
> on appropriate shelving. Some have only the records,
> having discarded the original albums (this was done at the
> Institute of Jazz Studies when housed at Marshall Stearns home,
> don't know what is done at the IJS at Rutgers.)
> Do you shelve records in album sequence or catalog number sequence?
> What do you do with the albums?
> I usually keep records with the albums, which are
> shelved by label and album number.
> As age and deterioration overtake the albums, I have thought
> it might be better for the records to remove them and
> shelve them with other singles. I would then disassemble the album and keep only
> the PARTS of the album which contain graphics, photos or notes.
> The advantages to that would be to better protect the records,
> save a little space and get rid of possible source of contamination
> (e.g. the deteriorating, mildewed sleeves and bindings.
> The disadvantage is destroying an artifact.
> Others musings sought....Thanks. Thomas.
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> At 09:00 AM 11/6/2009, you wrote:
>> Question #2.
>> I acquired a reasonably nice set of 78s that had been stored in a
>> fellow's garage. So plenty of moldy smell, silver fish and the like
>> crawling all over it. I don't think I will do much about the smell or
>> the fact that the paper is rather dried out.
>> Surprisingly, it is in decent enough condition. The pockets look clean.
>> I would like to know what I may do to prevent bringing other critters
>> into the house, should there be eggs hiding down in the cracks
>> somewhere. Perhaps placing it in a plastic baggie and freezing it for a
>> few days in the freezer? Some other way of treating it?
>> joe salerno
> I would take each 78 out of it's album, clean it then put it in a new (clean) sleeve. After that I'd look carefully through the jackets (inside the sleeves too) for anything that doesn't belong there if they are album jackets with a picture on the front. If not then I'd just throw the jackets away.....
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