Plastic Fantastic in the Archives! An investigation into the plastic used in 1930s leather-bound enclosures.

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Publish date: 
16 Mar 2017
Author: 
Anna Whitehead, Conservator, Archives New Zealand

This is an edited version of a lightning talk presented at the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials conference, Wellington 17-19 October 2016.

I will first explain the logical, if somewhat tenuous, connection of this paper with the book - Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World. It is a book about a physicist who fabricated scientific results, duping many of the world's top scientific journals and experts, including Nobel Prize-Winners. You will see that I have been dealing with a similar dearth of substantiated facts, starting with some misleading information in the innocuous-sounding Department of Internal Affairs file 158/67.