Conservation

Removing Tape from a Ramage binding…

Removing Tape from a Ramage binding…

Got back on the bench for the first time in a long while. This tape residue on a beautiful handtooled binding just demanded to be picked at… On further inspection, I saw that it had a binder’s signature: “Bound by Ramage”. John Ramage was a […]

Three different aesthetic approaches in circulating conservation treatment..

Three different aesthetic approaches in circulating conservation treatment..

Three different approaches to general collections conservation treatment (from L-R): Reusing the original boards and spine, with the spine and boards rejoined together using new bookcloth  A brand new case made with all new decorative elements, and no reuse of any materials from the original […]

Treatment of the “Journal of Health (1830)”

Treatment of the “Journal of Health (1830)”

Information about this item Date: September 7, 2007 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Instructor: Chela Metzger Call Number/Collection: Personal Author: n/a Imprint: Philadelphia, 1830 Title: Journal of Health, Volume 1 Collation/foliation: 50 double-folio sections, sewn three-on. Format: Quarto Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T […]

Treatment of “Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum”

Treatment of “Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum”

Information about this item Date: July 2009 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Call Number/Collection: SPEC 831.5 061d, Northwestern University Library, Special Collections Author: Martin Opitz Imprint: Breslau, 1637 Title: Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T 3 (cm) Dimensions (text block): […]

Treatment of Sam Houston Letter

Treatment of Sam Houston Letter

Information about object Date: 10/23/07 PCS Identification number: 08-34 Owner/Custodian: Center for American History Title/Subject/Description: February 3, 1843 Letter from Sam Houston Creator: Sam Houston Date of production: February 3, 1843 Place of production: Executive Apartment, Washington Treatment Report Description Dimensions (Primary Support):English: 26.02” H […]

Batch treatment of “Colecction de Documentos relativos a la vida publica del liberatador de colombia y del peru Simon Bolivar”

Batch treatment of “Colecction de Documentos relativos a la vida publica del liberatador de colombia y del peru Simon Bolivar”

This was a batch treatment of seven volumes in which the loose boards were reattached and the spine leather replaced with treated Moriki paper. Date: January 1, 2009 Call Number/Collection: Northwestern University Library, 980 C691 (7 volumes) Imprint: Imprenta de Devisme hermanos (Caracas), 1826-29 Title: […]

Treatment of an Ira Aldridge Theater Broadside

Treatment of an Ira Aldridge Theater Broadside

Ira Alrdidge theater broadsides Date: January 27, 2009 Owner/Custodian: Northwestern University Library Special Collections Title/Subject/Description (.01): Ira Aldridge theater broadside Creator: W. Reynolds (9 Exeter Street, London) Date of production: London Place of production: 1833 Before Treatment Front (Left Half): Ambient Light Front (Left Half): […]

A clean sweep of a herbal

A clean sweep of a herbal

Today I’m working on a treatment that is basically the rare book equivalent of cleaning under the couch cushions. This 2-volume herbal was used by a previous owner as a plant press, and many leaves, flowers and other assorted plant parts were discovered in-between its […]

Pop-up book vampire dentistry

Pop-up book vampire dentistry

Sometimes being a book conservator means you have to do a little dental work on Dracula’s fangs.  This is a pop-up book that’s going into an upcoming exhibit in our library – unfortunately, one side of Dracula’s teeth had become detached and pushed back into […]

Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation

Some before and after photos of a recent mold remediation treatment I’ve been working on. It’s a collection of more than a hundred architectural drawings, paintings, and photographic reproductions that were damaged by mold prior to their acquisition by the library.  Fortunately, most of the […]