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Specialty Group

Research and Technical Studies


POSTPRINTS of the Research and Technical Studies group is published by the Research and Technical Studies group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic Works (AIC).

Papers presented in this publication have been edited for clarity and content but have not undergone a formal process of peer review. Responsibility for methods and/or materials described herein rests solely with the contributors and should not be considered official statements of the Research and Technical Studies group or AIC.

These postprints are available for downloading. Contents are listed below.

Volume One (2004)
contains the proceedings from the RATS sessions of AIC's 32nd Annual Meeting in Portland, OR.
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Volume Two (2010)
contains the proceedings from the RATS sessions of AIC's 38th Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.
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Volume Three (2012)
contains the proceedings from the RATS sessions of AIC's 40th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.
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(pdf is 38MB)

Volume Four (2013)

contains the proceedings from the RATS sessions of AIC's 41st Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.
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(pdf is 22MB)

Volume Five (2014)
contains the proceedings from the RATS sessions of AIC's 42nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
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(pdf is 43MB)

Postprint Contents

Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 1, 2004

  • Issues Relating to Colour Fading in Straw Marquetry, by Yunsun Choi
  • The GCI Lighting for Old Master Drawings Project – an Overview, by J. R. Druzik and Terry T. Schaeffer
  • LightCheck®, new systems for monitoring lighting conditions in Museums, by Costanza Cucci, Anne-Laurence Dupont, Sandra Gerlach, Claudine Loisel, Mauro Bacci, Bertrand Lavédrine, and Hannelore Roemich
  • The Identification of Carbohydrates Used by John Singer Sargent for the Triumph of Religion Mural Cycle, by Glenn Gates, Angela Chang, Narayan Khandekar, Gianfranco Pocobene, Kate Smith Maurer, Ruxandra Stoicescu, and Philip Klausmeyer
  • Lightfastness Testing of Artists' Materials Using ASTM D 4303 and the Blue Wools, by Mark D. Gottsegen
  • The use of lightfastness and other testing protocols in real-life conditions: Devorah Sperber's “Reflections”, by Sarah Lowengard
  • Damage Assessment in Historical Parchments and Tapestries: Application of thermomechanical and thermoanalytical techniques, by M. Odlyha, Q. Wang, J. de Groot, G. M. Foster, D. Howell, and R. Larsen

Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 2, 2010

  • Research and Technical Studies Special Session: Micofading Oriel Microfading Tester (MFT): a Brief Description, by James Druzik
  • Comparison of Five Microfading Tester (MFT) Designs Comparison of Five Microfading Tester (MFT) Designs, by James Druzik and Christel Pesme
  • Protecting the Most Important, Most Exhibited and Most Fugitive Museum Objects from Light-Fading, by Bruce Ford and Nicola Smith
  • Development of a Microfading Tester for Light Exposurers Including Near-Ultraviolet Wavelengths, by Chong Tao and Paul M. Whitmore
  • Microfade Testing of 18th Century Iron Gall Inks, by Season Tse, Sherry Guild, Valeria Orlandini and Maria Trojan-Bedynski

Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 3, 2012

  • The qero project: conservation and science collaboration over time, by Emily Kaplan, Ellen Howe, Ellen Pearlstein, and Judith Levinson
  • In their true colors: developing new methods for recoloring faded taxidermy, by Elizabeth Nunan, Judith Levinson, Lisa Elkin, Corina Rogge, Julia Sybalsky, and Becca Pollak
  • A comparative study of protective coatings for marble sculpture, by Laura Kubick
  • The use of agar as a solvent gel, by Cindy Lee Scott
  • Some unusual, hidden, surprising, or forgotten sources of (possible) sulfur contamination in museums and historic structures, by Paul L. Benson
  • Quantitative XRF methodology for examination of cultural heritage artifacts on paper, by Lynn Brostoff
  • Methods for crude oil removal from Fort Livingston, Grande Terre Island, Louisiana, by Carol Chin, Katherine Langdon, Jason W. Church, and Mary F. Striegel
  • Atomic layer deposition films as protective coatings for silver, by Eric Breitung, Amy Marquardt, Glenn Gates, Terry Weisser, Richard Ash, Laurent Henn-Lecordier, Gary Rubloff, and Ray Phaneuf
  • Digital imaging analysis of writing material using “Photoshop assisted spectroscopy”, by Kristi Davenport, Peter Gabriele, and Holly Hero

Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 4, 2013

  • Gessoes: porosity and the effects of capillary action, by Michael Doutre, Ashley Freeman, Alison Murray, H.F. Shurvell, and Laura Fuster-López
  • Color and spectral archiving using a dual-RGB imaging system, by Roy S. Berns and James Coddington
  • Examination, technical study and treatment of funerary stelae from the Roman-Egyptian site of Terenouthis, by Caroline Roberts, LeeAnn E. Gordon, and Cathy Selvius-DeRoo
  • Artificial aging of paper-based cores wrapped in various isolating layers for use as archival storage supports, by Amy Baker Williams and Catherine H. Stephens
  • The never ending story of the conservation of modern and contemporary art, by Thea van Oosten, Anna Laganá, and Suzan de Groot
  • Non-destructive identification of polymeric binder degradation in audio and video tapes, by Eric M. Breitung, Samantha Skelton, Juan Rodriguez, Lu Zhang, Brianna Cassidy, Peter Alyea, and Stephen L. Morgan
  • The role of polyester film encapsulation- with and without prior deacidification- a study using longterm, low-temperature accelerated aging, by William Minter and John Baty

Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 5, 2014
  • An Examination of Light-Induced Color Change in Anoxia and Hypoxia using the Microfading Tester, by Vincent Beltran, Jim Druzik, Andrew Lerwill, and Christel Pesme
  • Concealable Strain Monitoring and Modeling of Relative Dimensional Changes in Art Objects, by A.G. Schrott, Levente J. Klein, Joseph Sloan, Sergio A. Bermudez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Constantina Vlachou-Mogire, Mika Takami, and Kate Frame
  • Accurate Measurement and the Quantification of Surface and Material Property Change Using New RTI and AR Techniques, by Carla Schroer, Mark Drew, Mark Mudge, and Mingjing Zhang
  • A Closer Look at Early Italian Panel Paintings: Imaging Cross-Sectional Paint Samples from the Walters Art Museum, by Kristin deGhetaldi, Zachary Voras, Eric Gordon, Glenn Gates, Karen French, and Pamela Betts
  • Free Fatty Acid Profiles in Water Sensitive Oil Paints: A Comparison of Modern and 15th-Century Oil Paints, by Joy Mazurek
  • Development and Testing of a Fluorescence Standard for Documenting Ultraviolet Induced Visible Fluorescence, by Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Paul Messier, and Jiuan Jiuan Chen
  • Recommendations for the Standardization of Digital Radiography of Cultural Heritage Materials, by E. Keats Webb and Blythe McCarthy
  • X-Ray Computed Tomography of Western Red Cedar Bark, by Peter Mc Elhinney, Nicole Little, Benjamin Ache, and Brandon Walters
  • Elemental Identification of Pigments Used in Traditional Bark Paintings in the Northern Territory of Australia, by Georgina Rayner, Narayan Khandekar, Katherine Eremin, Andrew Shortland, and Rita Giannini

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