Some archives require you to use “white gloves” when you handle older documents and other’s don’t! I have been to both kinds.
The Medieval and earlier Manuscripts Blog of the British Library has weighed in on this topic.
The International Preservation News published in December 2005 an article titled “Misperceptions about White Gloves.” I found this an interesting read.
What are your experiences and thoughts?
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I have used white gloves extensively in handling photographs. While the gloves serve to prevent transfer of skin oils and dirt from hands to the photographs, with some collections they better serve to keep the researcher's hands clean. As dirt from the photographs soil the gloves it becomes necessary to keep changing into clean gloves. When the gloves themselves are dirty what purpose are they serving?ReplyDelete
A reader commented about how far we have come with our understanding of preservation ... "Way back when - in the early sixties, before computers, copiers, scanners, etc., etc. - I was in a major city's archives searching through old wills of decedents of a very common name, and was given Scotch tape to put the deteriorating pieces back together. Neither they nor I knew any better at that time!"ReplyDelete