Re: "Vinegar 16mm films"

Judy Jones (
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 08:00:49 -0700 (PDT)

We isolated ours, ran them through a cleaning machine,
transferred contents to video and handed them over to hazardous
waste dept ASAP. Vinegar syndrome can "travel" to other titles
in your collection and is not fit for man or beast to inhale.
If you are in the archive business you might try UCLA, AMIA,
etc. If you are in the dynamic film and video circulating
business get rid of them just as soon as you possibly can - we
isolated ours by putting them in a plastic bags in a freezer
until they could be taken away.

Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999
16:32:11 -0700 (PDT) Reply-to:
From: David Kirk <> To:
Multiple recipients of list <> Subject:
"Vinegar 16mm films"

Hi Group,
Does anyone know of a way to "salvage" 16mm films which have the "vinegar"
syndrome? Is there some company which can restore these prints? We have
separated out our bad prints and would really like to save a few rare
titles. Any help would be appreciated.

Dave Kirk - Media Specialist & Film/Video Selector
104 McHenry Library, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Voice: (831) 459-2324 Fax: (831) 459-8206
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