Oddy Testing and Off-Gassing Analysis Opportunity: Contribute your list of 
frequently-used materials!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) Department of Scientific Research is 
embarking on an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded project to 
evaluate a wide variety of commonly used conservation, storage, shipping, and 
building supplies that are readily available and used in North America.  The 
goal is to determine the appropriateness of those materials for use near or in 
contact with cultural heritage objects. All results and data will be made 
publically available at no cost online.

We are currently seeking lists of the materials used by museums, libraries, 
archives, private conservators, collections managers, shippers, art handlers, 
or anyone whose main business is the preservation, exhibition, transport, or 
handling of cultural heritage objects.  After collating and selecting a broad 
range of the most widely used and promising materials, we will conduct both the 
Oddy test and a chemical analysis of volatiles for each material.

If you are willing and interested in sharing information about materials used 
in your practice of preserving, displaying, storing, or shipping cultural 
heritage objects, please reply to Dr. Eric Breitung of The Met (contact 
information below).  The call for materials will be ongoing throughout the 
project, however, the main selection of materials for testing will occur by 
August 2017.  

Those interested in contributing will be sent a basic spreadsheet where 
information such as make, model, supplier, and material type can be recorded.  
Kindly note that we will select materials for testing based on this call; even 
if you utilize only a handful of materials, please consider contributing.

Reply to eric.breit...@metmuseum.org<mailto:eric.breit...@metmuseum.org>

Thank you,
Eric Breitung
Research Scientist
Department of Scientific Research
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY 10028

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