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Making Decisions in Special Collections Conservation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0936  Friday, 23 April 2004

From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Apr 2004 07:24:45 -0500
Subject: 15.0923 Making Decisions in Special Collections
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0923 Making Decisions in Special Collections
Conservation

 >In your research (or that of your patrons), if high-resolution
 >digital images of the artifact are available, what -- if anything
 >-- makes it necessary to use a primary source in the original?

One problem arises with the term "the artifact," though it is oblique to
your question. In many instances, one from among many possibilities must
(or is) selected for imaging by a professional librarian who is not
necessarily a professional in the field(s) with which the volume is
concerned, and therefore not professionally qualified to make the
determination of what "the" artifact represents. The Geneva Bible comes
quickly to mind, as do many works from the STC and Wing periods.

p.s. I hope that Peter Blayney sees your post and responds to it. He is
eminently qualified to explain the value of "uniques," and associated ideas.

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