Conservation

Posts related to the Conservation Department

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...
Anne Downey
When interviewing for the position of Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials, Anisha struck me with her quiet, sure-footed demeanor. I thought at the time, “Wow,...
Renée Wolcott
My apologies for the much-delayed fifth installment in the saga of Ben Franklin’s Book of Common Prayer ! In my last post , I discussed...
lhuff
by Layla Huff I attend Morgan State University, where I am a rising sophomore, a member of the Honors College, and a history major. I...