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Microphotography in Archives -1

Introduction     Microphotography refers to the process by which documents, records, and other archival sources are photographed into a miniature or microscopic size. [1] They have many applications in science and industry, the most extensive being the microphotographic reproduction of documents. The advantages of the use of photographic reduction in recording documents are so obvious […]

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International Council on Archives (ICA)

Introduction The international council on archives (ICA), the offspring of UNESCO, was established in 1950 as a worldwide organization for the archival profession. It functions as universal organizations to promote awareness among people about the value and use of achieves. It has made remarkable contributions in the sphere of archival developments at regional, national and […]

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Cleaning, washing and flattening-2

FLOOD DAMAGE DOCUMENTS      Documents damaged in floods and with deposits of mud are washed in thermostatically controlled stainless-steel sinks containing a mixture of water and 0.05 per cent PREVENTOL as a fungicide. The solution is kept at approximately 400 C. The sheets are washed on floating wooden boards held still by stainless-steel angle irons, […]

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Cleaning, washing and flattening-1

Introduction      A document which has accumulated a lot of dust, has pencil marks or is otherwise soiled, spotted or stained, and is folded, requires cleaning, washing and flattening.      Techniques for the purpose require a good knowledge of the constituent materials of the document, together with common sense.  Before applying them, the restorer should […]

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State Archives of Tamil Nadu – 1

INTRODUCTION  In India, Tamil Nadu occupies a unique place in Archives administration.  By 1801, the whole of the area which later became the Madras Presidency had come into the hands of the East India Company, and the second half of the 18th Century itself witnessed a manifold increase in Government Records. The spurt in the […]

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The British Records Association

The British Records Association (BRA) is a charity which aims to promote the preservation, understanding, accessibility and study of our recorded heritage for the public benefit. It is open to anyone interested in records and archives whether local historians, academics, professional archivists, or custodians and owners of collections, or simply those who are curious about the record […]

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Disaster Preparedness – 2

DETERMINE POTENTIAL HAZARDS Before a reliable disaster plan can be written, it is important to understand the potential hazards to the collections and to undertake strong preventive and protective measures.  It is helpful in determining potential hazards in archives to bring in outside experts who understand the technicalities of buildings and their services.  At this […]

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Disaster Preparedness – 1

PLANNING A written plan is the single most important step in preparing for disasters.  First, such a written document acknowledges that disasters are possible, and that there is a commitment on the part of the organization to accept responsibility in a sensible and logical way.  Second, preparation and a written plan eliminate panic, assure proper […]

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