Old Poisons, New Problems: A Museum Resource for Managing Contaminated Cultural Materials

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Rowman Altamira, 2005 - Art - 126 pages
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Old Poisons, New Problems is a timely and welcome practical guide to identifying, testing for, and dealing with contaminated cultural materials archived in museum collections. With increasing indigenous involvement in the collection, handling, and more recently the repatriation of cultural artifacts formerly held in museum archives, there is an increasing need to educate both the museum community and tribal members about the potential risks of pesticide contamination on museum collections, and provide the means to test for, identify, analyze, and safely handle these artifacts. Special features include worksheets for performing basic tests, charts of scientific and historical information on known pesticides, data resources, and illustrations. This book will be widely used by members of the museum community, as well as the tribal groups, involved with the managing of these collections."
 

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Contents

Describing the Problem Contaminated Artifacts and Hopi Cultural Use
1
Identifying the Pesticides Pesticide Names Classification and History of Use
5
Addressing the Problem The Team Approach
33
Assessing Contamination Analytical Testing of Cultural Materials for Pesticides
53
Understanding the Hazards Toxicity and Safety
73
Conclusion
85
Guidelines for Handling Contaminated Museum Collections
87
Personal Protection Equipment Guidelines
89
Guide to Reading Material Safety Data Sheets
93
Health and Safety Information Resources
95
Agencies for Contacting Professionals and Consultants
97
Pesticide Information Websites
101
Glossary
103
Bibliography
109
Index
119
About the Authors
125

Safety Equipment and Chemical Supplies Directory
91

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About the author (2005)

Dr. Nancy Odegaard is Conservator and Head of the Preservation Division for the Arizona State Museum and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Alyce Sadongei (Kiowa/Tohono O'Odham) is Assistant Curator for Native American Relations for the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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