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  1. Storing Multiple Photos in the Same Folder

    Dear Donia, How do I properly store multiple photographs in the same folder? Q. Dear Donia, I was wondering if, from a preservation standpoint, it is okay to store multiple photographs in the same folder. I have placing sheets of permalife acid-free, lign ...

    BMORRIS - 10/18/2021 - 20:03 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  2. Flattening and Storing an Old, Fragile Diploma

    Dear Donia, How do I flatten and store an old, fragile diploma? Q. Dear Donia, I have my grandfather’s high school diploma from 1907. It has been rolled up for many years and seems to be fairly fragile. Is there anyway I can unroll and flatten it so that ...

    BMORRIS - 10/05/2021 - 13:24 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  3. Mounting an a Sampler to Mat Board

    Dear Donia, How do I stitch an antique sampler to mat board? Q.  Dear Donia, I want to stitch an antique sampler to museum quality mat board in preperation for framing. How thick/thin should the mat board be? Thanks, Gay      A.  Dear Gay, Stitching an an ...

    BMORRIS - 09/02/2021 - 15:02 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  4. Preserving an Autographed Cleat

    Dear Donia, How do I preserve a worn autographed cleat? Q. Dear Donia, What is the best way to preserve an autographed cleat worn during a game? Do we leave it dirty? Do we put it in a case? Thanks, Shawnee A. Dear Shawnee, Thanks for asking your question ...

    BMORRIS - 09/02/2021 - 15:01 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  5. Safely Displaying an Old Paper Cigar Box

    Dear Donia, How can I safely preserve and display an old paper cigar box? Q. Dear Donia, I have an old paper cigar box from the early 1900's. How do I protect it and display it on a bookshelf? Thanks, Susan A. Dear Susan, The best way to protect your ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 17:46 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  6. Saving Items Glued in a Scrapbook

    Dear Donia, Can I save items glued in a scrapbook using cheap glue? Q. Dear Donia, My mother has pasted wonderful momentos (diplomas, etc.) in cheap scrapbooks using cheap, acidic glue. How do I remove these items and the glue which I know will eventually ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 17:17 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  7. Removing Water Marks from an Old Painting

    Dear Donia, How can I remove water marks from an old painting? Q.  Dear Donia, I have a Farnsworth 'Brown Bear' Heritage Gallery Prints, 1974 that has water marks on it after a fire. I've removed it along with its copy tagged "Man exis ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 16:19 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  8. Preserving Polyester Film Reels

    Dear Donia, How do I preserve polyester film reels? Q. Dear Donia, I recently acquired a full-length feature film from 2005 consisting of six reels of 35mm film on standard cores. I was told the film is polyester. Beyond the basic environmental considerat ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 16:01 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  9. Safely Storing a Sterling Silver Necklace

    Dear Donia, How do I properly store a sterling silver necklace? Q. Dear Donia, What would be the best method for storing a 24" long sterling silver necklace with a pewter pendant? Should the chain and pendant be stored separately? Should I use some t ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 15:40 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  10. Mildew Odors and Canvas Paintings

    Dear Donia, How do I get rid of mildew odors from framed paintings on canvas? Q. Dear Donia, I have two large framed paintings on board canvas that I purchased at a garage sale. I didn’t notice the mildew smell until I got home. They have a pretty strong ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 15:22 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)