Moisture and temperature equilibration: behavior and practical significance in photographic film preservation

  • Bigourdan J
  • Adelstein P
  • Reilly J
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Abstract

The importance of climate conditions in the preservation of hygroscopic materials is well recognized. For a large variety of museum objects and archival records, heat and humidity are the primary factors that govern the occurrence and rate of biological decay, chemical instability and mechanical damage. With these risk categories identified, the management of temperature and humidity has been approached in terms of (1) low and high limits, (2) average levels and (3) magnitude of fluctuation. This strategy has been periodically re-examined, and recommendations made for various preservation situations and degrees of risk

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  • Jean-louis Bigourdan

  • Peter Z Adelstein

  • James M Reilly

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