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Conservation

Posts related to the Conservation Department

Renée Wolcott
I met one of my favorite collection items at the APS on the day I interviewed for my job as assistant conservator. Patrick Spero, the...
Anisha Gupta
I recently opened a folder to find a photograph mounted onto a paper board and broken into eight pieces. This photograph is from the Victor...
Renée Wolcott
Tapes that stick with the touch of a finger—masking tapes, packing tapes, clear Scotch-type tapes, duct tapes—are one of the conveniences of modern life. Conservators...
Anisha Gupta
In January 2019, the American Philosophical Society acquired a rare, pre-Revolutionary newspaper featuring Benjamin Franklin’s iconic “Unite or Die” political cartoon. The framed newspaper, from...
Renée Wolcott
My series on the conservation treatment of Ben Franklin’s 1760 Book of Common Prayer closes with the restoration of the book’s damaged leather binding. Why...
Valerie-Anne Lutz
Preserved between the pages of a pamphlet in the APS Library is a small yellow butterfly, which may have been placed there over 200 years...
Anisha Gupta
Paper conservation treatment can range from cleaning soot off an old map to mending tears in a letter to putting a print in a water...
Tracey deJong
One of the pleasures of re-arranging the oversize collection has been the discovery of drawings given to the APS in the 18th century. One of...