Conservation issue - shrink-wrapped manual
jws at jwsss.com
Wed Jan 6 20:36:58 CST 2016
On 1/6/2016 5:42 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
> The proper term is "deaccession".
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>> > From: Ian S. King
>> > Implicit in the "involved in museums" domain: artifacts come in, they
>> > don't go back out except on loan. :-)
>> What, you've never heard of 'de-acquisitioning'? (Boy, that one sure wins the
>> George Orwell Memorial NewSpeak award...)
I think the condition issue applies if the artifact has some collectors
value. The museums will document how an artifact gets to them and
though they probably don't want bugs crawling out of holes in the item,
if it fits their collection at all they'll take it. Also the prior
ownership / use might be of interest, so that will mean it probably
isn't shrink wrapped.
Collectors of comics and books and such as baseball trading cards value
the condition but I don't think such as chipped edges, folds, original
shrink wrap matters that much. If it was shrink wrapped and in some
nice convenient cover or such then I'd want the copy with the cover, but
shrink wrapped wouldn't matter much to me.
Evan makes the point of checking the artifact too, which you can't do
with a shrink wrapped item.
The shrink wrap plastic may eventually deteriorate if you have the wrong
stuff, so that might be a reason to unwrap it too.
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