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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): H 21.7 x W 13.5 x T 2.7 (cm) Treatment […]

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Bookbinding

Limp Vellum Binding

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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 x 36.18” LMetric: 66.1 cm H x cm 91.9 cm […]

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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: Colecction de Documentos relativos a la vida publica del liberatador […]

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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): Raking Light Back (Left Half): Ambient Light Back (Left Half): […]

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Exhibits

Just One Word: Plastics

Syracuse University Library, 2009

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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 pages by our special collections librarian. The plants had already […]

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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 his mouth. Using tweezers, I carefully unfolded his teeth, and […]

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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 mold damage is on the edges of the supports or […]