Barbara Curtis Adachi Bunraku Collection C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Barbara Curtis Adachi Bunraku Collection Detailed Instructions
Detailed instructions for the contents of your report (please be sure to address each of these areas as instructed):
1. Condition assumptions: A basic count of the objects in the collection has been given to you. Using this and the information from the finding aid, identify the formats, the type of damage or deterioration you would expect to find based upon your knowledge of the materials (e.g. diazotype, which is sensitive to light, humidity and alkalinity, may have faded).
-What are the printing processes, binding types, paint media, etc. you would expect to find based upon the age and place
-Assume that 30% are damaged, and describe what types of damage would be typical for these objects and formats. Make use of sources from the readings and preservation/conservation literature to support your assessments in this and the following sections. Be certain you don’t overlook any types of format, for example if the finding aid lists books, don’t only discuss unbound paper sheets.
2. Remediation: Based upon the type of vulnerability, damage or deterioration you could predict (question 1) describe actions which you recommend to address treatment, storage needs and environmental control.
– Which types of damage might require treatment, and how would you approach selection and decision-making? Note that you do not need to specify the exact treatment, unless you feel inclined, but a successful paper will not neglect selection for treatment, matching choices to predicted damage in part 1. (Hint: it’s about setting priorities, not necessarily specifying precise remedies, although you are welcome to do so if you wish.)
3. Reformatting: Determine what reformatting or digitization actions you would recommend for the materials in the collection, if any. Describe how you would set priorities and select items for treatment or imaging, focusing steps in reasoning or consultation actions that you would expect to take—it isn’t necessary to make specific identifications from the collections, since you don’t have access to the actual objects, but you should be as detailed as possible in your discussion of how you would approach setting priorities.
NOTE: The assumptions you made about formats for the re-housing assignment can still be used for this one. The more details you can bring in to incorporate information covered during the semester, the more successful your assignment will be.