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Alaskan Ten Agents of Deterioration

The “Agents of Deterioration” framework has been common in museum collections care for nearly 30 years. It is a handy checklist of “what ifs?” to consider in all kinds of decision-making situations. These are the things that could harm your collection. Many can be prevented! Here is a description of each kind of threat, some typical Alaskan examples, and how you can be ready. Select an image for information from the Alaska State Museum. Further professional information can be found online at the Canadian Conservation Institute.

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