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MFA Acc. #: 39.669


A stiff pasteboard that is thicker than 0.006 inches. Cardboard varies greatly in type and stability. High quality archival cardboard, also called pasteboards, are made from rag pulp and have a low acid content. They are considered durable and permanent and are used for mounting prints, drawings and watercolors. Inferior grades of cardboard, such as corrugated board, are made from coarsely ground sulfite treated wood pulp. The grayish unbleached pulp is pressed into a thick sheet. Cardboard is moisture sensitive, may swell and buckle when wet, and may emit organic acid volatiles. This type of cardboard is most often found in commercial shipping and packaging boxes. The first carboard box was produced in England in 1817. Corrugated cardboard was patented in 1871.

MFA Acc. #: 99.664.114

Synonyms and Related Terms

card board; pasteboard; corrugated board; paperboard; carton (Fr.); karton (Dan., Ned.); Karton (Deut.);

Density 0.69

Hazards and Safety

Some cardboards may emit organic acids

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide To Studio Methods and Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1983
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Roy Perkinson, contributed information, 1998
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 582
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=0.69