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Preserving Archives & Manuscripts

Second Edition | Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler |Society of American Archivists

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Preserving Archives & Manuscripts

Preservation is a core management function—and a primary ethical responsibility—of archivists, manuscript curators, and other custodians of historical records. But how does the professional deal effectively with the challenge of weaving diverse activities into a cohesive program? Preserving Archives and Manuscripts defines key elements in an archives preservation program, discusses the factors that affect the long-term care of archival materials, and proposes practical solutions that can be implemented incrementally to ensure the care of collections from a sound preservation perspective.

Author Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler describes basic preservation techniques; addresses a breadth of issues, including environmental concerns, storage systems, reformatting, and conservation treatment; and provides guidance on the wide range of preservation functions that can and should be implemented by archives staff, as well as on those tasks that are best left to specialists in various technical fields. Content-rich appendices include a glossary, bibliography, list of supply sources, and instructions for several basic preservation procedures.

Preserving Archives and Manuscripts is a must-read for anyone interested in the care and protection of archival and manuscript holdings.

About the Author

Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler is director of the Document Conservation Division, National Archives and Records Administration, in College Park, Maryland. One of the most experienced and accomplished voices in the archives profession, her four-decade career spans and reflects the emergence of modern preservation practices in North America. Ritzenthaler is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Her previous publications on conservation and preservation, Archives and Manuscripts: Conservation (SAA, 1983) and Preserving Archives and Manuscripts (sAA, 1993), were standard texts for successive generations of archivists and administrators. Her book Photographs: Archival Care and Management (SAA, 2006), co-authored with Diane Vogt-O'Connor and featuring contributions from Helena Zinkham, Brett Carnell, and Kit A. Peterson, has earned widespread praise.

Book Information

  • Title: Preserving Archives & Manuscripts
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Author: Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
  • Series: Archival Fundamentals Series II
  • Publisher: Society of American Archivists
  • Published: 2010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 521
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931666326 / 1-931666-32-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931666329
Library of Congress Catalog Listing
LC control no.: 2009053967
Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn.
Main title: Preserving archives & manuscripts / Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.
Variant title: Preserving archives and manuscripts
Edition: 2nd ed.
Published/Created: Chicago : Society of American Archivists, c2010.
Related names: Society of American Archivists.
Description: xx, 521 p. : ill.; 23 cm.
ISBN: 1931666326 (alk. paper)
9781931666329 (alk. paper)
Contents: Archives preservation : definitions and context -- Implementing a preservation program -- Archival materials as physical objects -- Causes of deterioration and damage -- Creating a preservation environment -- Handling archival materials -- Storing and housing archival materials -- Integrating preservation and archival management -- Copying and reformatting -- Conservation treatment.
Notes: Rev. ed. of: Preserving archives and manuscripts. 1993.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-408) and index.
Subjects: Manuscripts --Conservation and restoration --United States.
Archival materials --Conservation and restoration --United States.
Series: Archival fundamentals series II
Archival fundamentals series. II.
LC classification: Z110.C7 R58 2010
Dewey class no.: 025.8/4
Other system no.: (OCoLC)ocn496595620
Geographic area code: n-us---
Quality code: pcc


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