Does Raleigh-Durham have a recycling program? If so, you may wish to
inquire how best to put the plastic and waste paper into their hands.
On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM, Craig Breaden <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi folks,
> A question: we have a collection that contains a large number of ¼"
> audio reels, mostly 5", 6", and 7". We're at the beginning of what we
> expect to be a long cleaning project prior to transfer. There's all matter
> of scrunge on the boxes, which we'd prefer to keep for their inherent value
> to the collection and which are cleaning up pretty well with conservation
> sponges. We also have to clean some of the tape, which we're doing in a
> vent hood using pellon. Because we want to keep the boxes and I can only
> find NAB reels in 7" (5" slotted are available too, but I haven't pulled
> the trigger on those yet), we have a load of 5" and 6" reels that, to put
> on new 7" reels, would mean we'd have to ditch the original boxes. Now, I
> can handle this - we can always photocopy the box and where there is
> information on the reel copy that as well - and I know slotless is the
> preferred route, but wanted to see if anyone had ever done this kind of
> project and cleaned up the reels instead of ditching, and if so, how they
> did it.
> More work than it's worth, old plastic = evil, a bad idea generally,
> or...? Any considered opinions welcome.
> I'm asking you because someone's going to ask me before this project goes
> much further.
> Craig Breaden
> Audiovisual Archivist
> Duke University
> David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
> Smith Warehouse, 114 South Buchanan Blvd
> Bay 11, Box 90767, Durham, NC 27708
1006 Langer Way
Delray Beach, FL 33483