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Supplies: Gaylord Bros. (Library/Archival Supplies)Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:24:56 -0400 From: "Robert J. Milevski" <milevski@phoenix.Princeton.EDU> Subject: Re: Document Preservation There was a report out of the Canadian Conservation Institute, I believe, a few years ago or more, than investigated whether the exposure to the bright light of scanning or photocopying would harm the constituent materials of a paper object being filmed or scanned. If I recall correctly, the investigator found that the very short duration exposure to the intense light did no recordable or noticeable/visual damage to the object. This would assume that there were not intensely light sensitive components making up the object, such as some colored inks. I have searched on the internet and have not been able to locate a reference to this report for you to consult. Another site, http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/bytopic/imaging/, has an extensive list of reference sources regarding digitization that you can consult online that should provide you with enough information to reach your own conclusion. Also, the home page of this site, http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/, has a link to the organization AIC, American Institute for Conservation. AIC can provide you with the names of conservators in your area with whom you might call for information or consultation. Any names they provide you should not be construed as endorsement of any of them, however. AIC merely provides lists of members with particular conservation specialties; this list does not indicate capability, authority, certification, etc. Regards, Robert Milevski