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 Saving your treasures

Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks

Books are complex structures of several materials. They are a "collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank leaves of paper, parchment (or vellum) papyrus or other flexible or semi-flexible material, strung or bound together.

Specifically, a book is a collection of single sheets or folded leaves, bearing printing or writing, that have been folded, stitched, sewn, or secured by adhesive along the binding edge, generally rounded and backed, and usually secured between boards that have been covered in cloth, paper, or like material, or which have been bound in leather."

Antique Books
Protecting Books:

  • Store in acid-free, lignin-free boxes.
  • Avoid stick-on labels.
  • Control humidity to prevent mold (below 55%). ·
  • Use clean hands or wear gloves.

Books are generally cared for by paper conservators or those that have specialized in books alone.

More Resources (pdf)
Bibles, Declarations of Independence, Newspapers, and Signed Book
Cleaning Paper Based Objects

More on Foxing
Polyester Film Book Supports

Mechanical Reproduction or Artist Original ?

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

 

Preservation Principles
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Types of Material
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Types of Objects
   Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks
   Photographs
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   Firearms
   Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms
   Toys
   Tools / Mechanical / Instruments
   Dishes / Glassware / Silverware
   Jewelry
   Native American Items
   Natural History Specimens

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