Project facts

Duration: 2005-08-01 - 2008-07-31
Project coordinator: National and University Library of Slovenia
Project consortium: Bibliotheque Nationale De France; European Commission on Preservation and Access; Koninklijke Bibliotheek; Nationaal Archief; Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO; Riksarkivet; Russian State Library; Slovensky Narodny Archiv; The British Library; Univerza v Ljubljani; Uniwersytet Jagiellonski
Funding bodies: 6th Framework Programme
Subject areas: Conservation, Materials, Technologies - Scientific processes, Threats
Budget: € 1 400 000


Alum-rosin sizing for paper, which came into commercial use in 1835 caused a shift of pH of paper from pseudo-neutral to acidic regions, which dramatically decreased permanence of paper. As a result, decay of library and archival holdings are reaching catastrophic proportions, with about 25% of the books in the general library collections brittle while additional 60% are endangered. In order to prevent the decay of paper induced by acids, a variety of mass deacidification techniques are available on the market. While a number of comparative evaluations of the treatments were performed in the past, the processes are continuously changing, while additional three were developed in recently.

Impacts & Results

The proposed project aims to:

- Develop standard model materials and evaluation criteria, in order to enable superior evaluation of existing processes and ease in assessment of emerging ones - comparatively evaluate immediate and long term effects of treatments

- Develop quality control criteria and evaluation techniques

- Address environmental and health aspects.

The objective of extensive dissemination is to incorporate the most suitable mass treatment into the preservation policy of European libraries and archives.


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