ASTM E2711 - 11

    Standard Guide for Preservation of Liquid Soaked Documents

    Active Standard ASTM E2711 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.90

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    The procedures outlined here are grounded in the generally accepted body of knowledge and experience in the field of forensic document examination and related fields. By following these procedures, a forensic document examiner can reliably process liquid soaked documents to optimize their preservation.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides procedures that should be used by forensic document examiners (Guide E444) for the preservation of liquid soaked documents.

    1.2 These procedures include evaluation of the sufficiency of the material requiring preservation.

    1.3 The particular methods employed in a given case will depend upon the nature of the material requiring preservation.

    1.4 This guide does not cover all procedures to preserve unusual or uncommon liquid soaked documents. Consultation with a document conservationist, archivist, or related material expert, as well as reference materials, may be necessary.

    1.5 This guide does not replace knowledge, skill, ability, experience, education, or training (Guide E2388) and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment.

    1.6 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.

    ASTM Standards

    E444 Guide for Scope of Work of Forensic Document Examiners

    E1732 Terminology Relating to Forensic Science

    E2195 Terminology Relating to the Examination of Questioned Documents

    E2388 Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners

    E2710 Guide for Preservation of Charred Documents


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.160 (Law. Administration)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E2711-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E2711-11, Standard Guide for Preservation of Liquid Soaked Documents, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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