Rebecca Elder

Care and Handling of Audio and Video Recordings

In this presentation, Rebecca Elder, Principal of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation identifies the components of magnetic media, discusses how they deteriorate, and shares the best ways to slow this deterioration, both through environmental control and appropriate care and handling. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Prevention and Remediation of Mold Outbreaks

In this presentation, Rebecca Elder, Principal of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, explains what mold is and how to prevent outbreaks and react after a mold outbreak occurs. The presentation slides also discuss methodologies to safely remediate mold outbreaks and decide when professional help is needed, including demonstrations of mold removal techniques and samples of remediation materials. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Cheat Sheet for Making Museum Storage Boxes

In this document, conservator Rebecca Elder provides instructions on how to design, cut and assemble corrugated boxes and dividers for artifact storage. These instructions supplements the hands-on session, "Custom Boxes and Dividers for Artifacts" Elder gave at the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Preservation 101: The Preservation Environement

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, provides a basic introduction to maintaining the proper storage environment for paper-based and photographic materials. Some of the topics covered include: recommended levels for temperature and relative humidity, how to set up an environmental monitoring program, the effects of light on collections, ways to reduce light damage, and pest control techniques. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Preservation 101: Caring for Paper Based Materials

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, provides a basic introduction to the preservation of paper-based and photographic materials. Some of the topics covered include: the history of paper, properties and structure of paper and photographic materials, and the causes of paper deterioration. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Protecting Fragile Archival Materials

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, covers how to safely handle and store fragile archival materials, make preservation photocopies or scans, use support boards, and the basics of document encapsulation. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Preservation 101: Storage Supplies

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, provides a basic introduction to storing paper-based and photographic materials. Some of the topics covered include: chemical terminology, pros and cons of plastic storage materials, how to deal with fasteners, and best practices for storing photographs, flat paper, and oversized materials. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Exhibit Fabrication: Safely and Effectively Displaying Books

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, discusses the special requirements for displaying books safely, including various book structures, characteristics, and environmental concerns. She also demonstrates how to create a cost-effective custom-fitted book cradle to protect books during exhibition and add to the display aesthetics. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Personal Safety when Working with Collections

In this video, conservator Rebecca Elder discusses the types of dangers that arise when working with archival and museum collections. Some of the topics covered include how to identify hazardous materials, how to manage risks posed by hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, and personal safety during disaster response. This session was part of the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Custom Boxes and Artifact Divider Making [Tutorial]

In this video tutorial, conservator Rebecca Elder demonstrates how to design, cut and assemble corrugated boxes and dividers for artifact storage. She also discusses soft packing methods and provides examples of the supplies and materials you will need to build your boxes. This tutorial supplements the hands-on session, "Custom Boxes and Dividers for Artifacts" she gave at the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.