Conservation of archival and library collections - N148066
Title: Konzervování archivních a knihovních fondů
Guaranteed by: Department of Chemical Technology of Monument Conservation (148)
Actual: from 2013
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:3
E-Credits: summer s.:3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
For type:  
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing.
Z//Is interchangeable with: M148012
Examination dates   
Annotation -
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)
The course introduces students to the basics of conservation, restoration and preventive conservation for archival and library collections. The student is familiar with the physico-chemical properties, methods of production, mechanisms of damage, methods of conservation and restoration of materials of archival collections(paper, leather, parchment, wax, photographic materials). The course includes the basics of preventive conservation for these collections climatic conditions of storage, materials suitable for long-term storage, disaster planning, construction of purpose-built archive buildings).
Aim of the course -
Last update: TAJ148 (18.11.2013)

Students will be able to:

  • know basic information about materials of archival records, properties and methods of determination
  • know processes of their deterioration
  • know methods of their conservation,restoration and preventive conservation.
Literature -
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)

R: Ďurovič M. a kol.: Restaurování a konzervování archiválií a knih, Ladislav Horáček - Paseka, Praha - Litomyšl 2002

R: Hnětkovský V. a kol.: Papírenská příručka. SNTL, Praha 1983.

A: Blažej A.: Chémia dreva. ALFA, Bratislava 1975.

R: Blažej A., Krkoška P.: Technológia výroby papiera. Alfa, Bratislava 1989.

A: Zelinger J.: Chemie v práci konzervátora a restaurátora. Academia, Praha 1987.

A: Souček M.: Zkoušení papíru. SNTL, Praha 1977.

R: Lavédrine B.: A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections. The Getty Publications. Los Angeles 2003.

A: Thomson G.: The Museum Environment. Butterworth-Heinemann (second edition), Oxford 1986.

Learning resources -
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)

Materials are available at the teacher.

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)

Písemná zkouška (60 min.)

Syllabus -
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)

1. History of conservation and restoration of archive and library collections in the Czech Republic.

2. Basic chemistry of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

3. A Brief History of paper.

4. Manufacture of pulp (delignification processes)

5. Hand and machine manufacturing paper.

6. Mechanical, chemical and optical properties of paper and methods for determining.

7. Mechanisms of damage to paper (hydrolysis, oxidation, photolysis and photo-oxidation, networking.)

8. Methods for preserving paper (disinfection, cleaning, de-acidification, reinforcing).

9. Production, properties, mechanisms of damage and preserving detention of leather and vellum and parchment documents.

10.Functions, history and materials and seals, bulls, methods of conservation, restoration ethics.

11.Overview of recording media - iron-gall inks, modern recording media,damage mechanisms and conservation.

12.Basics preservation of photographic materials.

13.Preventive care of archival collections.

14.Requirements for conservation report.

Registration requirements -
Last update: Ďurovič Michal doc. Dr. Ing. (24.09.2013)


Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 2 56
3 / 3 84 / 84
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Examination test 100