This week has been a pretty busy week, where besides the ongoing research experiments there were a number of other things going on, keeping me occupied. I have already written about the public engagement event at The National Archives. However, there were two other things that are worth mentioning…
The first is a webcast from the Library of Congress Topics in Preservation series I followed yesterday on Development
and Research Applications for a Reference Collection of 20th Century Photographic Paper by Paul Messier. I’ve come across a number of materials from Paul Messier online, so when I heard he was giving this preservation I thought it would be good to listen in (I am spending quite a good amount of time in the lab right now working alone, so it also gave me some company while working there).
I was impressed by the work he is doing on dating of photographic paper. He has worked hard to collect a significant reference collection of photographic papers (which is great to have as it is not that easy to obtain) and has proceeded to get it characterised in as many ways as possible, while collaborating with various people and institutions knowledgeable in their fields. One hour was quite short I think to give an in-depth view of the work, but he succeeded in giving a broad overview of the work, while highlighting specific interesting instances.
You can access the webcast here: https://sas.elluminate.com/mr.jnlp?suid=M.A2FA39C02893E145EF65A1CC5A862C
What about the other paper?
Well…I have been working on a paper on ‘Volatile Aldehydes in Libraries and Archives’. We submitted the paper to the journal Atmospheric Environment on the 23rd of December and last week we received a reply with minor revisions to go through. We looked through the reviewer’s comments and sent back the reply on Tuesday, and by Wednesday evening we already had a reply: it has now been accepted…*pat on the back*.
This will be my first paper regarding my PhD work so it is quite exciting to see that. It concerns the environmental monitoring work done at The National Archives and at St. Paul’s Cathedral, together with measurements done at the National and University Library in Ljubljana and the Nationaal Archief in The Hague (NL).
If anyone is interested in reading it…let me know!