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  1. I certainly and emphatically thank Anna Zagorsky for concisely setting forth the basic findings and recommendations of the Getty Conservation Institute from 2013. Needless to say (perhaps), conservators by that time had been developing information in that regard for years, including the eminent Richard Kerschner, then at the Shelburne Museum. In the museum’s dozens of very different buildings, he observed the various and varying indoor climates, their effects on collections, and the possibilities for reasonably determining collections care in every circumstance. As someone who entered the museum profession embracing the ironclad rules of constant, mid-range temperature and relative humidity, I moved on to an attitude that, “It Depends,” when handling, housing, or treating any object; sweeping generalizations do not apply. The quoted words of Frank Zappa do apply.

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