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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


We had a mini crisis here a couple of weeks ago when our trusty "scientific" freezer decided that it wasn't going to work anymore.  By the time this was discovered, all of our frozen film negatives were no longer frozen.  So, all 100 or so boxes had to be removed and temporarily housed in the archives so that repairs to the freezer could take place.

The humidity detectors started showing high readings and we became EXTREMELY worried about condensation building up in the bags, then having to open every package, dry out the mat boards inside (via baking in the oven), then re-pack everything.  While this isn't an overly complicated process, it's very time consuming and would have taken a few people (mostly me) several days to complete.  Thankfully, after a visit from Mark McCormick-Goodhart, who literally "wrote the book" on the film freezing process, we were informed that the packages had not been compromised and could be placed back in the freezer without all of the aforementioned intervention. 

I'm happy to say that we've now put an alarm on the freezer to hopefully avoid another meltdown situation in the future. Yay!

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