• BPG Annual Meeting News

    by Whitney Baker | Nov 10, 2017

    2018 AIC Annual Meeting

    Thank you to all of our members who responded to the Annual Meeting Call for Papers. The abstract review committee, led by Program Chair Deb Cuoco and Assistant Program Chair Jen Hunt Johnson, has been busily reading submissions and is crafting an excellent program for our 2018 Houston meeting. Calls for submissions for the tips sessions and the Archives and Library Discussion Groups (ACDG and LCCDG) are coming soon, or have been previously announced. We would like to remind our members that we have three discussion groups and two slots per meeting, so the Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG) is on hiatus during this meeting.

    If you reserve a room at the conference hotel, Marriott Marquis, and end up not needing the room, please cancel as early as possible. Early cancellation (before May 1) is not only considerate, but has a positive financial impact: it allows your colleagues who are on the waiting list to secure a room, and also ensures AIC’s good standing and beneficial costs arrangement with future conference hotels - which use data such as last-minute cancellations to set prices.

    2017 BPG Business Meeting

    Sarah Norris, BPG Secretary/Treasurer, reports that the Chicago BPG Business Meeting minutes have been approved, with forty-six individuals in favor and four abstentions. Thanks to all who took the time to read and vote on the minutes.

  • BPG Wiki: Historical Techniques and Materials

    by Katherine Kelly & Denise Stockman | Nov 10, 2017

    The time has come to address some of the historical treatment procedures on the Wiki. You may have read about some techniques on there and thought "Does anyone still do that?"

    We would like to identify procedures that are no longer in use, and move them to a Historical Techniques and Materials section that we have created at the bottom of each of the Wiki pages that began as a Paper Conservation Catalog chapter. This section can also be used for procedures that predate the Catalog, but would be useful for people to know about. 

    The Alkalization and Neutralization page (written in 1985) has several outdated techniques listed. As an example, we have moved Diethyl Zinc to the new section on Historical Techniques and Materials with a brief comment about its history of use. Can you help us identify others?

    Here is how you can help:

    • Identify a paper conservation procedurethat is no longer in use (there appear to be quite a few in the Wiki).
    • Write a few sentences about how it was performed (existing text can be used) and why it is no longer used. It would be especially interesting to describe evidence of the treatment having been done that can be discovered during the examination of an object. Cite any relevant articles you are aware of, especially those that state the reasons why the treatment is no longer used. 
    • Send it to us so that we can add it to the Historical Treatments section, and you will be credited as a contributor. 

    As you look around, you may notice that several PCC chapters are looking much cleaner and well-organized. For this, we owe our thanks to the reformatting volunteers who responded to the call for help over the summer: Sharon Fickeissen, Michelle Hamill, Jill Iacchei, Clare Manias, and Rebecca Smyrl. This work is ongoing and we thank all who are contributing!