Talk:BPG Foxing

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This discussion page was started in July 2014 to collect ideas for improving the foxing chapter. It includes the suggestions offered by the BPG Publications Committee, PCC Task Force in 2007-2009. Please feel free to add your own suggestions for improvement.


  • Factors to Consider: Causes (13.2.1) Causes
    • Explanations b. (Metal-Induced Degradation) and e. (Fungi?) need to be updated with current research.
    • List of genus/species weak, should include post-1994 work by Mary-Lou Florian.
    • Discussion of sizing as a nutrient does not adequately explore modern sizing agents and processes.
  • Factors to Consider: Origin/Occurrence (13.2.2)
    • A. No mention of alum in paper production that could contribute to discoloration.
  • Treatment Variations: Metal Removal or Inactivation (13.4.5)
    • 2. Chelating agents needs modernizing and updating.
  • Treatment Variations: Bleaching
    • Bleaching agent list order is not grouped in an obvious fashion.
    • Calcium hypochlorite needs to be re-addressed and modernized.
  • Treatment Variations: Observations on Current Conservation Practices (13.4.8 )
    • Has become out-of-date.
    • Light bleaching artificial sources needs updating with current technology.
    • “poor rinsing = reversion” needs to be modernized, expanded upon. Light exposure, moisture, acids can all contribute to reversion despite rinsing well.
    • Reverse foxing section needs expansion/modernization.


Update priority: medium

I removed the Youtube link because it was dead.--Kkelly (talk) 15:59, 13 October 2016 (CDT)

Discussions about the Bibliography

The following citations are not directly cited in the text. Should they be removed?--Kkelly (talk) 15:47, 20 October 2016 (CDT)

Baynes-Cope, D. "Some Observations of Foxing at the British Museum Research Laboratory." Ind, Biodeterioration Bulletin 12:1. 1976, pp. 31-33.
Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. New York: Granada, 1980.
Danzig, Rachel. Past and Current Research into the Causes of Foxing on Paper. Unpublished paper submitted to Robert Koestler at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, December 14, 1991.
Feniak, Christine J. "Treatment of a Parasol Using a Reductive Bleach." Journal of the International Institute for Conservation. Canadian Group 6, 1981, 31-34.
Hunter, Dard. Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1943.
Meynell, Guy and Ray Newsam. "Foxed Paper and Its Problems." New Scientist 1979, p. 567.
Sée, P. Les Maladies du Papier Piqué. Paris: O. Dain et Fils, 1919.
Sharpely, J. M. and M. E. King. "Laboratory Analysis of Problems in Papermakers Felts" Biodeterioiration of Materials, vol 2, A. Harry Walters and E.H. Hueck-van Der Plas, eds. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1971, 1161-1167.

KKelly-Alex and I feel the sources in the bibliography do not necessarily need to be cited in the text as the text will evolved and the bibliography is both a auxiliary and primary resource for our users. I think the articles that directly address Foxing should be kept, but the more general works, like Carter and Hunter are not needed as we can assume our primary audience (fellow conservators) know of these important general texts. Thoughts? --LMcCann (talk) 13:21, 28 November 2016 (CST)

Agreed--Denise Stockman (talk) 15:51, 1 December 2016 (CST)
I also agree.--Kkelly (talk) 14:28, 8 December 2016 (CST)