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Conservation

Posts related to the Conservation Department

Renée Wolcott
When last I mentioned Joseph Priestley’s copy of John Blair’s Chronology and History of the World from Creation to the Year of Christ, 1788, the...
Anisha Gupta
While iron gall ink was an incredibly popular ink from the 4th to the 20th centuries, it is now known to have damaging effects on...
Anisha Gupta
Sometimes a project arrives in the conservation lab as a mystery. It might be damaged, so in order for the cataloguers and librarians to safely...
Renée Wolcott
Joseph Priestley, a chemist who isolated oxygen and several other gases, was also a teacher. His focus on pedagogy led him to create some of...
Renée Wolcott
Willman Spawn Conservation Intern Joanna Hurd spent only two weeks at the American Philosophical Society before the novel coronavirus sent everyone home, but in that...
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...