Commitment to preservation, basic knowledge of how and why objects deteriorate, and an understanding of how to minimize deterioration are essential to proper collections management.

Shelley Reisman Paine explains how to identify deterioration and how to address objects already in a state of decline. Her focus on environmental conditions will help professionals put preventive measures in place.

The report provides detailed information on potentially harmful elements, such as light, humidity, dust and pollutants, pests, unsuitable materials, and improper handling of objects. Reisman explains why these can be harmful to collections with a discussion of preventative measures and solutions.

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