Conservation

Post related to the Conservation Department

Kate Aguirre
For my inaugural blog post as the conservation lab intern, I’m going to explain how we teach paper to swim. You heard me right. Paper,...
Renée Wolcott
After thoroughly documenting Ben Franklin’s 1760 Book of Common Prayer (see posts one and two of this series), I was ready to begin conservation treatment....
Renée Wolcott
In April 2016, Benjamin Franklin descendant Mai Duane Harper and her husband, James A. Harper, presented the APS Library with a lectern-sized edition of the...
Renée Wolcott
As a young man, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote his own epitaph: The Body of B. Franklin, Printer, Like the Cover of an old Book, Its...
Karissa Muratore
Fig. 1: Mending letter. Photo by Anne Downey. Last time we spoke, I was introducing you to a 19th-century letter in need of treatment. Due...
Renée Wolcott
This manuscript, Vocabulario de la Lengua Cakchiquel y Guatimalteca by Thomás de Coto, was bound in parchment around 1700. The leaves of the thick book...
Karissa Muratore
Fig. 1: Surface cleaning the non-image areas of the primary support, using fine Staedtler Mars vinyl eraser crumbs. Photo by Renée Wolcott. The path to...