Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Comics

Collection Management Issues

All items printed on newsprint or in mimeo or ditto are kept in duplicate if second copies are donated. This reduces wear on fragile materials, and provides insurance against badly printed pages or pages with clipped coupons. We keep the comic books out of the light and away from acidic materials as much as possible, using acid-free envelopes and mylar sleeves as appropriate. Each comic book is stamped with an ownership stamp to make recovery more possible in case of theft. We maintain a website for the collection, which includes a wantlist of out-of-print books. In the long run, we see ourselves as having a responsibility to preserve the content of our collection whether the fragile physical formats can be maintained or not. We have been and will continue to investigate preservation both by deacidification and by microfilming. It is our intent to support projects which will produce good-quality facsimiles, reprints, microforms, and reproductions in other formats that will help our library and other libraries to preserve comics materials.

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