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Term: Museum-quality facsimile or print

Elaborated subtype of the physical replica, generally produced for sale to the public (examples are listed as resources associated with this term). In the days of film-based reproductions, it would have been unusual for library and archive preservation programs to produce museum-quality facsimiles, although they might have joined forces with a publisher to do so. The production of high quality facsimiles may be more frequently encountered in the setting of an art museum, although the resulting artifacts are generally not called preservation copies.

No clear line demarcates museum-quality facsimiles from work-a-day replicas. Nevertheless, specialists in the field have developed terminology to signal their intentions. At the Library of Congress, for example, the staff of the Geography and Map Division state that their digital reformatting activities produce research quality images (good enough to use to produce a physical replica) but not facsimiles (images good enough to produce a museum-quality facsimile).
What is a Facsimile? by Manfred Kramer
ADEVA book facsimiles
See also:
Physical replica; Virtual replica; Copy negatives and transparencies;Interpositives duplicate negatives and transparencies