Had sent an inquiry through e-mail to the library of congress some time ago in regards to some ancient books (one with a wooden cover) that I own where the pages had become brittle. The response that I got back had lots of suggestion, web-sites, addresses and phone #s. I will copy and paste the reply. Hope it helps.
The conservator I consulted with says you should care for it the same way you would
Other books. If this book is in a humid room, you might want to provide
An archival box for the book, as the wood can pull out over time.
Actually, providing an archival box for the other worn books is a good idea,
Too, to help prevent further damage from handling. The brittleness of
The pages in the school readers and their year of publication indicate
That the paper is acidic; providing a good environment and protective
Enclosures will help slow down the deterioration.
In general, you should strive to provide a cool, dry (but not too dry),
Dark place for your collection.
For further details, please refer to the following information
Protecting Your Family Treasures Everyday
< Protecting Your Family Treasures Everyday (Preservation, Library of Congress)
Care, Handling and Storage of Books
< Care, Handling and Storage of Books (Preservation, Library of Congress)
Caring for Your Books
< Library - Caring for Your Treasures
Temperature, Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality: Basic
Guidelines for Preservation
< Northeast Document Conservation Center — Temperature, Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality
Here is a leaflet that discusses why some kinds of paper deteriorate:
< The Deterioration and Preservation of Paper: Some Essential Facts (Preservation, Library of Congress)
Following is a list of suppliers if you would like to get an archival
Enclosure for your book(s):
Archival Products PO Box 1413 Des Moines IA 50305-1413 1-800-526-5640
< Archival Products: Innovative Solutions That Stand the Test of Time
Archivart 40 Eisenhower Drive Paramus, NJ 07652 1-800-804-8428
CMI (Custom Manufacturing Inc.), makers of MicroClimates archival
Containers, 10034 East Lake Road Hammondsport, NY 14840 607-569-2738
< MicroClimate™ Archival Acid Free Boxes: Welcome!
Gaylord PO Box 4901 Syracuse, NY 13221-4901 1-800-448-6160
< Gaylord Brothers | Library Supplies, Library Furniture & Archival Solutions
Hollinger Corp. PO Box 8360 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8360
< THE HOLLINGER CORPORATION
Light Impressions PO Box 22708 Rochester, NY 14692-2708 1-800-828-6216
< Light Impressions
Metal Edge, Inc. 2721 E. 45th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90058 1-800-862-2228
< Archival Supplies - Metal Edge - Archival Storage Materials
University Products PO Box 101 Holyoke, MA 01041-0101 1-800-628-1912
< archival storage for collectibles, trading cards, photos,textiles, scrapbooking, digital photography
Disclaimer: These lists are not an endorsement by the Library of
Congress for the products or services offered by the above companies. The
Library does not accept responsibility for failure of products, services,
Or customer dissatisfaction.
By the way, if you would like contact a conservator who can advise you
On repairing the books, you may use the free conservator referral
Service provided by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic &
Artistic Works (AIC). Go to the following website for the AIC Guidelines
For Selecting a Conservator: < AIC Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator
>. At the end of the
Guidelines is a "Click here" button for obtaining a list of conservators.
This displays a form in which you can select the type of conservation
Service you need, identify your geographical area, etc. When you click the
"Submit Query" button, a list of conservators closest to you is
Produced. If you decide to contact a conservator, we recommend that you read
All the information in the Guidelines.
You may also contact AIC directly at the national office:
American Institute for Conservation
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005-1714
Telephone: (202) 452-9545
Fax: (202) 452-9328
You may also want to read the leaflet, "Choosing and Working with a
Conservator" from the Northeast Document Conservation Center:
In addition to a thorough discussion of choosing a conservator, it has
A list of resources followed by a list of Regional Conservation
Centers. You could contact one of them, too, for recommendations.
Please let me know if you have other questions.
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