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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1990 | HERBERT J. VIDA
To preserve history, one must first save the paper it is written on, and Jane Mueller, a preservation librarian, is an expert in that lonely field. "People don't understand that there are things that can be done to preserve those important documents," said the Buena Park woman, who has mastered the fine art of paper preservation. With modern methods, paper can be preserved indefinitely, Mueller said.
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February 25, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Guillermo Sheridan had a bitter smile as he scrolled down the list of acquisitions by Princeton University: The papers of Carlos Fuentes, Miguel Angel Asturias, Julio Cortazar, Elena Garro--even a lesser known Mexican poet named Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano. "We Mexicans always sell our raw materials," he remarked acidly, stopping at Ortiz's name on his computer screen. "Coffee, copper--and this."
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA and NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writers
Fifty years after first setting foot in town, Mr. Smith has come to Washington again. The 1939 film classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" was among 25 movies cited Tuesday as American movie treasures by the Library of Congress. The move was designed to bring attention to the fragility of the medium and spur wider efforts to protect its finest exemplars. The proposal to designate certain films as "national treasures" grew out of the controversy over colorizing black-and-white films.
NEWS
February 13, 2000 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an Ethiopian mountaintop monastery. In a stable on the island of Malta. In the ancestral castle of a German prince. In every remnant of our medieval past, the manuscripts are sought. They are wrinkled, some of them, and smudged--page after ancient page of parchment scribbled in a cramped and crabby script. Others are gorgeous, afire with art, shimmering with golden ink. They may tell of St. George slaying the dragon. Or relate a recipe for stew. They may tote up a carouser's debt.
NEWS
May 6, 1990 | JASON B. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the next three months, it is estimated that more than 3.5 million of the nation's 300 million research library books will silently decompose and die as a result of acid contained in their pages. "If you walk in the library there is a distinctive odor, and you know it's the odor of disintegrating books in the stacks," said Scott Bennett, director of the Milton Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University.
NEWS
February 24, 1991
ISRAEL MUSEUM'S PRICELESS HOLDINGS, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to works by Renoir and Van Gogh, have been put away for safekeeping. Yards and yards of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the first known biblical texts, lie in a vault with a foot-thick steel door. On the floor are racks of Impressionist and modern paintings. Jerusalem, with its large Arab population, has not been hit by any of Iraq's Scud missile attacks, but the museum is taking no chances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | G. BRUCE SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Aitchison pulls a large box from a drawer in a file cabinet, lifts the lid and reveals the contents: a hardly recognizable clump of crumpled and torn paper. His job--if the client gives him the go-ahead--will be to take that mess of paper and restore it so that it can be used in a court of law. The paper is the ship's log from an oil-drilling vessel that sank in the South China Sea and may be used as evidence in a lawsuit resulting from the disaster.
NEWS
March 14, 1990 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's that dreaded time of the year again: tax season. And if you're knee-deep in papers that need to be sorted, you're stuck with a nasty, time-consuming task. Why not get organized now for next year? But which important papers and records to keep and which to toss? And where and how long to keep them? "The first thing is to try to take a more organized approach than most people do," said Tom Gau of Kavesh & Gau, a financial planning and tax preparation firm in Torrance.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1990
Twenty-five American films, ranging from the Walt Disney 1940 classic "Fantasia" to the obscure 1943 18-minute "Meshes of the Afternoon," have been chosen for protection as film treasures for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This is the second group of films tabbed for historic preservation under the terms of the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, which allows the registry to honor 25 films every year that are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
NEWS
January 24, 1988
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of California, Berkeley, the largest library preservation grant ever given to a single institution. The grant could total $1.5 million over the next three years, according to the endowment and UC. Immediate target of the funds will be the preservation of thousands of volumes in the European language and literature collections. The money will be used to save books that have grown brittle and fragile with age.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1998 | Larry Stammer
More than 22,000 ancient manuscripts from the archives of a Greek Orthodox monastery at Mt. Athos in Thessaloniki, Greece, will be digitally copied by the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center at Claremont Graduate University. The center, which said it pioneered the use of digital imaging technologies on the deteriorated Dead Sea Scrolls, reached agreement with the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies in Greece to undertake the project.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to preserve fading and fragile architectural diagrams, the Irvine Co. has launched an ambitious effort to digitally scan and archive all hand-drawn maps of its many commercial properties. The project is designed to help the Irvine Co.'s property managers work more efficiently--and help the company sign leasing deals more quickly, staff said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Experts have found soil contaminants including oil compounds, arsenic, nickel and mercury at the Bolsa Chica wetlands, according to a report released Wednesday as tense negotiations continued over a possible state purchase of most of the land for a preserve. But the federal report concludes that the pollution, blamed on decades of oil-field operations, can be cleaned up sufficiently for a preserve to be created at the ecologically sensitive wetlands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A first-of-its-kind modernization plan to place property records, birth certificates and a host of other county documents onto compact discs won enthusiastic approval Tuesday from the Board of Supervisors. The effort will likely make the county clerk-recorder's office one of the first government agencies nationwide to fully computerize the documents it records, saving the county--as well as record-seeking members of the public--both time and money.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Department of Real Estate confirmed Thursday that it is investigating Teachers Management & Investment Inc. in the wake of allegations that the fund has lost at least $100 million of teachers' retirement money. "Our concern is that everything be on the up-and-up at TMI," said Randy Brendia, regional manager in Los Angeles for the department that regulates the state's real estate industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council has voted to spend $28,000 for microfilming to save deteriorating city documents that show the location of sewers and other infrastructure. By unanimous vote Monday night, the council authorized the expenditure after Public Works Director Mark Christoffels made a plea for preserving the city's aging maps, drawings and public work documents. "These original records are beginning to deteriorate at an alarming rate," Christoffels said in a memo to the council.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1988
The UCLA Film and Television Archives has received a $110,000 grant from the American Film Institute and National Endowment for the Arts Film Preservation Program in support of its nitrate film preservation program. The UCLA archives are one of 12 organizations receiving AFI/NEA grants totaling $355,600 to preserve, safeguard and restore films that might otherwise have been lost due to the deterioration of the nitrate base used in films until the early 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1988
The saga that began two years ago for 700,000 books is nearing an end. The volumes were water-damaged when two arson fires ravaged the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles in 1986. The first step of the $2.8-million restoration process was to freeze them to arrest the development of mold and mildew. The second step was what the library has labeled as the largest book-drying project ever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1993 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a wildfire strikes, there may not be time to retrieve all the important documents that you have collected over a lifetime. If important papers are destroyed, many of them--property deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses, bank statements, canceled checks, among others--can be reconstructed sometimes by phone, but mostly by seeking help in writing or in person. But take heed: Your paper chase sometimes can be frustrating--and deceptively costly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps the richest historic treasures in old San Juan Capistrano lie on the fourth floor of St. John of Capistrano Catholic Church. There, in a small, windowless room just below the church's bell tower, are the priceless archives of 217-year-old Mission San Juan Capistrano. Lining the shelves of the room, high above the mission grounds, are maps, deeds, photographs, prayer books, newspapers and letters about the mission that have been carefully organized and chronicled by archivist Charles A.
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