Primary resources housed in Special Collections consist of unique, rare, and fragile materials. In an effort to assist us in preserving these materials for future SCAD students and Faculty, please review the following Special Collections handling and use procedures.
Use of gloves to protect special collections during handling
White gloves reduce tactile sensitivity on the fingertips when handling fragile materials carefully. Cotton gloves have many small hairs that can easily catch on brittle edges or worsen an existing tear. Cotton is also very absorbent and thus easily soiled, picking up dirt, dust, and other materials that can then be transferred to the item being handled. Photographs, film, and metals are the exception to this rule. Users should wear gloves when handling photographic materials, since these can be damaged by fingerprints. Objects made from metals that will tarnish such as regalia, silver bindings, and any bindings with metallic boss or embroidery threads should also be handled using gloves. When gloves must be worn for the protection of the user or the collections, lint-free cotton or nitrile (in case of latex allergies) gloves should be worn.