[HNW] Ducerceau

Sara Galley saragalley at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 1 11:41:36 PST 2002

I don't think it's so much that they don't want anybody to look, as that
there's a conflict between the goal of spreading knowledge and the goal of
preserving the resources.  Every time a rare book is opened, exposed to
light, touched, and so forth, there's another chance for it to deteriorate
further, so there's a very good reason for keeping those exposures to a
minimum -- it's not just a sort of academic stinginess.

You should definitely meet with someone on the library staff, preferably
face to face, explain your purpose, offer any credentials you might have,
and anything else that might help them to understand your serious
scholarly interest.  References from the staff at the costume department
of the Danish National Museum, since you've worked with them, might be
useful, as they would confirm what you say about your scholarly interest,
and also verify that you handle items with due care.  All these things
will help the library staff see your request as being on the "knowledge"
side of the scale, and not the "deterioration" side.

Also, if they do have existing photographs or other reproductions, you
should look at those first and see if they'll serve your purpose, so you'd
never have to actually touch the rare book; I can't imagine the library
staff having any objection at all to your viewing a reproduction if one
exists, as the deterioration argument simply wouldn't apply to that.


> Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 21:01:16 +0100
> From: Leif Drews <drewscph at post12.tele.dk>
> To: h-needlework at ansteorra.org
> Subject: [HNW] Ducerceau
> Reply-To: h-needlework at ansteorra.org
> Dear Christina and all who helped me.
> Thanks a lot of your advises.
> It is at a library at the Museum of Decorative Arts.
> I usually comes there and i am allowed to borrow of their books. It is
> only because it is such a rare old book that i was asking questions for.
> But perhaps it is as you say that they have some reproduktions of a kind
> i could study in stead of the original.
> I know the museum has a photographer making things for the museum, but i
> think it would be much two expensive for me to ask him to make some
> photographs.
> I think i must go in to the library and ask them face to face.
> It is my feeling that the museum dont want anybody to have a look. My
> experience with the costume department at the danish National Museum is
> much more friendly.
> I have had permision from them to go and take photos of embroidered mens
> coats and jackets for the years 1770-80. They will take examples from
> the collection for me to study!
> Bjarne

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