Special Delivery: Packing Rare Books for Shipping

Steven E. Smith, Beth M. Russell, Stephanie Cline

Abstract

In the museum world, where paintings and other objects are frequently lent and borrowed for exhibitions, standards and practices have been developed to guide curators and other professionals in the packing of artwork for shipping. The emphasis is on packaging that protects the object within from external forces and does not cause damage itself. These packages must also be durable, for at a minimum, a good shipping container is designed to be used twice—first on the trip to the borrower and again on the trip back to the home institution, If an object is part of a traveling exhibit, . . .

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