From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Great thanks have to go to you, Steve, for taking the trouble of putting your
MLA disaster talk on the list (18 September 2005)! Obviously you have also re-
asserted your intellectual rights.
You have now addressed the pertinent question of how high on the activities
list to put waterlogged commercial LPs (29 September), and I agree from an
archive point of view. Your description is most apt. This is not how private
collectors see it, however. And even for archives, the enormous task of
replacing LPs from a catalogue and using e.g. e-Bay would usually not be
funded. Possibly it would be better to get in touch with a dealer and let
him/her do the work and pay accordingly.
As a practical matter, if you separate the records in their inner plastic
sleeves from the cardboard surround, you generally only need dry space in
abundance to let the cardboard dry sufficiently quickly to prevent severe
mold growth. However, everything buckles, and your space requirement will
grow enormously, even for the dry matter. However, everything depends on the
type of immersion and the time it has had an effect. Records that I have
worked on had had 1 inch of immersion for 4 hours, which led to capillary
drawing up in susceptible cardboard (i.e. not all of it) to about 4 inches. I
especially noted that early Deutsche Grammophon covers that were usually
quite luxurious to handle were endangering the vinyl content, because the
were sewn, and water seeped through each perforation. In these cases, the
vinyl had to be towel dried. Once everything is dry, due to the buckling, you
will never be able to put the records back in the covers. However, the
documentation, liner notes, etc. will be preserved. If necessary, a good
paper conservator would be able to re-constitute an LP package to appear as
an undamaged condition, however it is very expensive.
> The question has arisen concerning flood damaged commercial LPs.