One archivist who works mainly with print material told me to buy some
boric acid, use it to make a moat around the items. Do this out in the
garage leave it for about 2 weeks. They hatch and evacuate, head for the
boric acid and die. No sprays, no oils, and specifically she mentioned
that this technique had been used for old boxes with good results.
Dr. Cheryl Thurber wrote:
> 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
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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.
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Robert M.
>> Bratcher Jr.
>> Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 12:26 AM
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>> Subject: Re: [78-L] saving an album
>> 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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