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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
026. (Book and Paper) Innovación en Conservación y Cuidado de las Colecciones en soporte papel

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The Innovation in Conservation and Care Paper Collections Conservation of library and archival collections of archives is a subject that has been installed for years in the policies of public and private institutions. What do the professionals have to do? what procedures have to use and follow? Which new acquisitions, materials and purchases as new equipment, chemical substances that must be harmless for the human being and the environment safety as well as also prevent the archives and books deterioration. These new acquisitions have to help us to prevent the risk of deterioration of the paper supports or at least to stop its degradation; in order to extend as much as possible in time “the lost of value” of the document collections. Our experience of several years of hard and daily work in a National Archive where the archival material begins in the colonial time and reaches the late last century years. It show us that we will have the opportunity to achieve in our target of stopping the damage if we do not carry out simple but systematic procedures and routines such as; deep cleaning in the buildings, the storages and the packages as in the records themselves. Dirty, dust, greasy, air pollution are “the mother of all the damages” and without forgetting the control of the deterioration agents and the good practices in the handling during the archival work as well during the public archival access. The real innovation in the care of archival collections is to improve forms of access to the original documents through good quality facsimiles. This allows us to provide users the feeling they are in contact with the original and the fact does not diminish their use facsimiles information. It is true that in other countries this is a custom of every days, because users can access to databases and digitized archives quickly and can access the original, print it or treat it with software applications even better. This is not the reality of some National archives in Latin America where today you can get colonial documents photocopied, with the serious damage that this procedure causes in the paper supports. While laws of access to public information force us, the archivists, to give citizens the records we have in the Nationals Archives we should always insist on the preservation of documents, mainly special the historical documents. The National Archive of Uruguay has implemented on its Conservation Policy the prohibition of the users manipulation of the colonial documents and struggles for the independence as also those of the early years of the republic that are already digitized. The majority of the ancient archival documents are kept in good conservation conditions in a conservation chamber providing them to the best standards of stable temperature and relative humidity to avoid the appearance of risks damages.

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Alicia Tonello Lic.

Archivist/Conservator, National Archive Montevideo, Uruguay
Alicia Tonello is Head of the Preventive Conservation and Restoration Department in the National Archive of Uruguay. She is graduated from the University of the Republic as a degree in Archivology. It has studies of conservation of documentary patrimony in the ICOM of Montevideo and... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower