"Pigma Micron is the ideal pen to use for archival purposes.  

When archival and museum professionals reach to mark an invaluable object in their possession, we want to be sure that the ink does not smear or bleed. Pigma ink is waterproof, chemical-proof, fade-resistant and nontoxic, thereby making them ideal for my museum tool kit. The pigment-based ink is chemically stable and will not harm the object, document or specimen. Microns are the go-to marking instrument for all the collections in my care."

Lindsay Palaima has worked in museums professionally since 2008.  From internships to full-time positions, she has used Micron pens and favors them for their versatility. She has used them on ethnographic material (in particular, wooden santos from the Frank Collection, at the New Mexico Palace of the Governors), on taxidermy and osteological collections (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish in various positions at the California Academy of Sciences), and on Nike missile components while contracting with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Since the ink is archival and writes on nearly everything, their use was a mainstay in marking Exhibit Props while she was the Museum Registrar at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma. Every museum catalog tag she has written has been with Micron pens.

Most recently, Lindsay was charged with moving and preparing over 600 skulls for the California Academy of Science’s special exhibit Skulls: Every Skull Tells A Story.  In the process of tracking and safeguarding the specimens, she would ensure catalog numbers were written on all the specimens.  Micron pens require no preparation when marking on bone, so the process was as simple as writing the number. 

Lindsay also freelances and manages inventory and catalogs personal collections of ephemera, keepsakes and photos.  Most recently, she has digitized and archived three 1950/60s scrapbooks. She wrote every catalog and inventory number with the Pigma Micron 01 pen.

For more about how Microns are used in museums, check out science illustrations by Sean Edgerton.

Learn more about the California Academy of Sciences Skulls Exhibit