Tag: preservation

The red velvet vampyre

The red velvet vampyre

About a month ago my lab moved temporarily from one campus to another. During the move out we unearthed many forgotten supplies, including some pieces of red velvet book cloth. Given that it’s probably not very “archival”, I was a little baffled as to why […]

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections…

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections…

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections: empty shelves contrasted with full book trays on their way to offsite storage. My library will be undergoing a massive renovation early this coming year, and I am the one managing the logistics involved […]

If you love it, don’t laminate it!

If you love it, don’t laminate it!

Apparently our first university archivist/historian was a big fan of lamination. This just one of a couple hundred volumes containing some of our earliest university records and history that were meticulously laminated.

I cannot accurately describe how aghast I must have looked while examining these.

My coworker showed them to me today for the first time. My response was, “Well, at least while I’m crying the lamination will protect all the documents from my tears…”

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IF YOU LOVE IT, DON’T LAMINATE IT!!

Library Book + Dog + Tape = Bad Idea

This was a book that was damaged by a dog, and “fixed” with packing tape by a patron. And this is also why the staff at the library will often stress that patrons should not attempt their own repairs of library books. The “repair” often does […]

The Book-keeper spray system is: 75% remembering the process, 25% actually doing the process

conservethis: Doing some spray deacidification with our Bookkeeper system here in the conservation lab. cemeteryconservation: Tell us more, what is the process? Well, first you spend about 15 minutes trying to remember how to turn on the mixer (you have to loosen a nut on […]

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix turns neighbors into foes

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix turns neighbors into foes

Post ID: 5609

msulconservationlab: A few weeks ago I asked for advice on how to make a box for our chained binding (see post here). The chain extends out from the lower board on the foredge, and the first link is fixed in place. In addition, the book […]

Post ID: 5618

(via https://vine.co/v/eZ6OAdU31OO) Doing some spray deacidification with our Bookkeeper system here in the conservation lab. (Source: https://vine.co/)

These High-Tech Archaeological Tools Will Help Rebuild Nepal’s History

These High-Tech Archaeological Tools Will Help Rebuild Nepal’s History

Post ID: 5634

book-historia: Had a bit of a splurge the other day at an auction… Not the little guy, the big guy! It’s a 17th century oak Bible box, and it looks an awful lot like my wee model of a chained book and lectern by Bryson […]