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This guide covers offset and book papers, both coated and uncoated, used in the preparation of permanent records. Permanent records usually are expected to last several hundred years in a records repository, with little change in properties that affect readibility or handling, although some records are expected to have shorter lifetimes.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D06 on Paper and Paper Products, this guide was withdrawn in August 2010 due to a lack of interest in properties-based specifications for paper.
1.1 This guide covers offset and book papers, both coated and uncoated, used in the preparation of permanent records. Permanent records usually are expected to last several hundred years in a records repository, with little change in properties that affect readibility or handling, although some records are expected to have shorter lifetimes.
1.2 Acidic materials incorporated in paper during manufacture (for example, rosin-alum sizing) contribute to deterioration. It has been shown
1.3 The following would be expected to contribute significantly to the life expectancy of books and documents: the use of papers with controlled acidity or of papers manufactured under neutral or alkaline conditions, especially papers with a calcium carbonate filler that absorbs acidic gases from the atmosphere or can neutralize acidic materials formed in the aging of paper.
1.4 Three pH levels reflecting three levels of life expectancy are outlined in this guide. As one cannot rely on pH alone as an indicator of stability, minimum retentions of properties after accelerated aging at 90C and 50 % relative humidity are suggested for the three levels of life expectancy.
1.5 In selecting papers for permanent records, papers with acceptable durability are evaluated for life expectancy through accelerated aging.
1.6 This guide should be used in the purchase of paper for permanent records.
1.7 This guide is based on the use of fiber sources used in the production of paper that contains no more than 1 % lignin for papers used in archives, libraries, and other permanent records. However, under proper conditions (see ) paper containing more than 1 % lignin may be employed for many other end uses in paper for records that are required to have a substantial life expectancy.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D585 Practice for Sampling and Accepting a Single Lot of Paper, Paperboard, Fiberboard, and Related Product
D589 Test Method for Opacity of Paper (15 Diffuse Illuminant A, 89 % Reflectance Backing and Paper Backing)
D645/D645M Test Method for Thickness of Paper and Paperboard
D646 Test Method for Grammage of Paper and Paperboard (Mass Per Unit Area)
D664 Test Method for Acid Number of Petroleum Products by Potentiometric Titration
D689 Test Method for Internal Tearing Resistance of Paper
D774/D774M Test Method for Bursting Strength of Paper
D828 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Paper and Paperboard Using Constant-Rate-of-Elongation Apparatus
D1030 Test Method for Fiber Analysis of Paper and Paperboard
D1968 Terminology Relating to Paper and Paper Products
D2176 Test Method for Folding Endurance of Paper by the M.I.T. Tester
D3424 Practice for Evaluating the Relative Lightfastness and Weatherability of Printed Matter
D4714 Test Method for Determination of Effect of Moist Heat (50 % Relative Humidity and 90C) on Properties of Paper and Board
D4988 Test Method for Determination of Alkalinity of Paper as Calcium Carbonate (Alkaline Reserve of Paper)
D5625 Test Method for Measuring Length, Width, and Squareness of Sheeted Paper and Paper Products
TAPPI StandardsT538 Smoothness of paper and board (Sheffield method)
ISO StandardISO9706 Paper for Documents, Specifications for Permanence, Normative Annex--Special instructions for determining kappa number
ASTM D5634-01(2006), Standard Guide for Selection of Permanent and Durable Offset and Book Papers (Withdrawn 2010), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.orgBack to Top