J.IIC-CG VOLUME 2 (1976)

Fungicide Treatment of Eskimo Skin and Fur Artifacts

Mary-Lou E. Florian

Approximately 1500 skin and fur artifacts were covered with a profuse surface growth of fungus after a malfunction in a museum’s cold storage control resulted in an 80% RH. Identification and growth parameters of fungi are discussed. Materials and methods of fabrication of skin artifacts are reviewed. To prevent contamination of other areas in the museum, the artifacts were treated with a commercial product, “Lysol Spray” containing a 68% aqueous solution of ethanol and 0.1% ortho-phenylphenol. Tests showed the fungicide to be effective and harmless to the artifacts. The sequence of steps required to control the overall problems under similar circumstances is discussed.

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