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Hobart Dicus, Diana (2000) One Response to a Collection-Wide Mold Outbreak: How Bad Can It Be: How Good Can It Get? Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 39 (1). pp. 85-105. ISSN 01971360

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In August 1995, the Detroit Historical Museum began a 19-month emergency response to a collection-wide mold outbreak in the artifact storage area of the Collection Resource Center at its Historic Fort Wayne site. The center houses an 18,000-square-foot storage area holding 51,000 items from the Detroit Historical Museum's social and urban history collection. The $900,000 emergency response involved the museum's administrative, cura- torial, and maintenance staff; 3 contract conservators; a temporary project staff of 17; and representatives of the Detroit Historical Society, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Historical Museum's insurer. Management of the project included large-scale and long-term collection assessment, environment stabi- lization, documentation, procurement, training, health and safety, protection, and individual treatment of objects. The successful outcome of the project depended upon decision making, project documen- tation systems, budgeting, personnel organization, morale, productivity, and quality control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: English > Damage functions > Biological damage
Depositing User: Malin Bekkebråten
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2008 10:38
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 07:55

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