labels, which paper?

Steve Halford halford at SFU.CA
Thu May 2 18:06:06 CDT 1996

Byron-Weston Resistall (R) is the paper of record for wet collections.  I
believe University Products and SPNHC have induced the manufacturer to
re-open the resistall plant,  so resistall is again available in limited
quantities and weights  Call University Products (1-800-762-1165) for an

Laser printer inks are *supposed* to be okay,  but the technology hasn't
been around long enough to be sure.  I prefer printing labels on plain
paper and photocopying them onto archival grade stock.  (Some workers
have advocated using impact printers with cloth ribbons -- the ribbon is
cleared of its commercial ink in an alcohol bath, then re-impregnated
with Higgin's Eternal (R),  the *ink* of record for wet collections.)

hope this helps

Steve (halford at Museum Technician
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada

On Tue, 30 Apr 1996, Ch. Oliver Coleman wrote:
> What kind of paper for labels is best in alcohol samples, or which
> paper will survive many decades?
> Certainly it is best to write with ink on the labels, but I would
> prefer printing.
> I tried to print the labels with a laserprinter on drafting film, but
> it washes off in alcohol after some time; on paper it sticks better
> (at least for some months). I also tried a dot matrix printer which
> seems to persist better.

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