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This discussion page was started in July 2014 to collect ideas for improving the PCC Wiki. It includes the suggestions offered by the BPG Publications Committee, PCC Task Force in 2007-2009 and wiki contributors. Please feel free to add your own suggestions for improvement. Whenever appropriate, suggestions that relate to existing pages should be added to the discussion page for those chapters (see links below).

New Paper Conservation Wiki Page Draft 7/1/2019[edit source]

Welcome to the Paper Conservation Wiki, compiled by members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Book and Paper Specialty Group (BPG). The purpose of the Paper Conservation Wiki is to act as a collaborative knowledge base for conservators, covering the current and historical techniques, treatments, materials, and technologies of the paper conservation field. This page is maintained by the BPG Publications Committee Paper Wiki Coordinator, Diane Knauf.

Content published in the Paper Conservation Wiki does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the procedure described, as the wiki also contains historical practices that are no longer seen as ethical. The information on this wiki is intended to be used by conservators, museum professionals, and related fields for educational purposes only. It is not designed to substitute for the consultation of a trained conservator. To find a conservator, please visit AIC's Find A Conservator page.

Copyright 2024. The AIC Wiki is a publication of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). It is published as a convenience for the members of AIC. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. Information on researching with and citing the wiki can be found on the Reference and Bibliography Protocols page.

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Documentation and Treatment Process for Paper Objects
General Assessment Documentation and treatment of a paper object begins with a general assessment, including a visual examination and any technical examination necessary. The information gathered is documented in the examination report. This documentation identifies the object, the support, and the media, provides a description of the object, details any distinctive characteristics, such as the presence of watermarks, and details the condition of the object, including the presence of mold, foxing, any media problems, and any support problems.
Testing and Analysis Testing and analysis can provide more information on the materials present, the condition of the object, and provide information on what treatments can be undertaken without damaging the object. This can include spot tests, fiber identification, michrochemical testing, and instrumental analysis. Any testing or analysis that is performed is included in the examination report.
Treatment Proposal Based off of the general assessment, testing and analysis performed, and any ethical considerations, a treatment proposal is developed.
Treatment Treatment of the object can include: surface cleaning, hinge, tape, and adhesive removal, backing removal, humidification, washing, alkalization and neutralization, stain reduction (including use of chelators, conditioned water, or bleaching), sizing, resizing, consolidation, fixing, facing, mending, lining, filling losses, drying and flattening, and inpainting. All treatment undertaken is documented in the treatment report, including photographic documentation of the work completed.
Housing and Storage The object is then matted and framed or given other appropriate housing, including clam shell boxes, portfolios, folders, or encapsulation. It can then be exhibited or placed in appropriate storage.

History of the Paper Conservation Wiki[edit source]

The Paper Conservation Wiki was created in 2009 as a subset of the BPG Wiki when the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) launched the AIC Wiki. The published 1994 edition of the Paper Conservation Catalog (PCC) was transcribed to create the original on the Paper Conservation WIki, which has since developed into 28 pages with updated information. A full history of the wiki and the PCC can be found on the History of BPG Wiki page.

General Suggestions[edit source]

  • Change the Page to Paper Conservation Wiki (dropping the Catalog portion to avoid confusion)
  • Move focus from the Catalog to the Wiki to make it feel more like a stand alone, up to date resource.
  • Change the wording of the pages to remove the reference to chapters.
  • Overall, the PCC would be dramatically improved with photographs, illustrations, and links to existing online content.
  • When chapters are updated, keep in mind that it can still be useful to have a reference for how an older treatment was done, as long as its current status is clearly conveyed.

Original Chapters:[edit source]

New Chapters to Develop:[edit source]

  • Add useful sources to the Bibliography. Annotations are particularly appreciated.
  • Add new chapter on "Local Treatment". This chapter could explore ethics, formation of tidelines with age, reversion, accelerated aging with exposure to light, heat, moisture and overall appropriate nature in regards to fine art visual aesthetic of stain removal.
  • The following chapters were proposed as parts of the 1984-1994 print edition, but were never published:
    • 2. Media Identification
      • This chapter has been identified as being of particular use.
    • 9. Instrumental Analysis
    • 21. Enzyme Treatment
      • This chapter has been identified as being of particular use.
    • 27. Suction Table Treatments
    • 41. Encapsulation
    • 42. Environment
    • 43. Exhibition/Storage
    • 44. Transportation/Packing
    • 45. Integrated Pest Management
  • The following pages were suggested at the 2019 AIC Annual Meeting
    • Stain Reduction
    • Orientation Page
    • Artist Materials
  • Other pages suggested
    • Training and Selecting Technicians
    • Establishing a Book and Paper Conservation Lab

Other Possible Chapters added --Denise Stockman (talk) 08:57, 23 March 2015 (CDT):

  • Transparent Papers- Currently contained within Support Problems
  • Three-Dimensional Paper Objects (includes globes, cut paper, 'seal-prints' etc)
  • Collage
  • Paper - under materials section, could incorporate Transparent paper page -- Diane Knauf

Note: Link to BPG page on AIC site not working. Need to fix. --Denise Stockman (talk) 21:24, 24 April 2016 (CDT)


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Welcome to the Paper Conservation Catalog Wiki[edit source]

Welcome to the Paper Conservation Catalog, compiled by members of the AIC Book and Paper Specialty Group. The BPG Paper Catalog was begun with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This wiki addition of the Paper Conservation Catalog is an ever expanding and changing resource for paper conservators and allied professionals. The 1994 edition of the Catalog (Introduction to 1994 Edition here) provided a jumping off point for this platform. In 2009, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) launched the AIC Wiki with funding assistance from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), a division of the National Parks Service. Along with catalogs from other specialty groups, the Paper Conservation Catalog was transcribed into a Wiki environment. In 2016- 2018, the content was reformatted to remove numbering systems and allow for easier content growth.
Members of the Book and Paper Group are eligible to contribute to the wiki. We hope this will be a forum for sharing innovations, new techniques, traditions, research, and all things paper conservation. Please share what you know.
We are seeking conservators with knowledge and expertise. Please contact us at to learn how to become a contributor. All kinds of experience welcome. We can pair conservators with varying skills and interest, ie: one with content and one with expertise in wiki markup and editing skills.

Topics[edit source]

Planned, but unrealized pages[edit source]

  • Media Identification
  • Authentication
  • Documentation
  • Instrumental Analysis

Paper Conservation Catalog (print edition 1984-1994)[edit source]

A complete and unchanged copy of the print edition of the Paper Conservation Catalog can be found here: Paper Conservation Catalog (print edition 1984-1994).. The Wiki edition can be edited and expanded, but we have preserved the print edition in its entirety as a record of all the hard work and expertise that came before us.

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