Use of Chelating Agents in Paper Conservation Workshop

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 to Thursday, 29 March, 2018
San Francisco

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) presents The Use of Chelating Agents in Paper Conservation workshop at Stanford University, March 27-29, 2018. The workshop will be taught by Antoinette Dwan and Chris Stavroudis, and organized by Susan Roberts-Manganelli.

This workshop looks beyond the bleaching treatments often used to address cellulose degradation resulting in visible staining, and focuses on the use of solutions based on citric acid and DPTA (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid) to reduce discoloration caused by pollution, grime, or paper additives and accidental inclusions. With lectures that cover chelating agents and buffers combined with three days of hands-on treatment exercises, participants will explore methods to reduce discoloration in paper in the form of foxing, mat burn, and other types of staining. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the theories and practices for incorporating chelating agents into treatments as well as practical experience in using chelating agents for common paper conservation problems.

Registration: The fee for this course is $750 AIC members; $950 non-AIC members. Limited to 20 participants. This program is designed for mid-career, practicing conservators. The workshop instructors encourage participation from paper conservators who have little knowledge of chelating agents, but who do have significant experience in the treatment of paper and an understanding of chemistry related to paper conservation.

To participate in this program, individuals must complete a brief application. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full.

Eligible participants may apply for an FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development scholarship to help defray costs associated with participating in this workshop. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FAIC offers scholarships up to $1,000 to individual members of AIC who are U.S. residents. Applications for funding due February 15, 2018.

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