Curious about the process of book conservation treatment? Be sure to visit UCLA Library Special Collections this week for a flash exhibit featuring a recently completed book treatment! The exhibit includes the book, its new protective box, samples of materials used in the treatment, as well as photos and descriptions of various treatment steps.
In conservation we often work on objects that take our breath away. Many times its because they are amazing, sometimes its because they give off noxious fumes. My work on the Carrie F. Young Diploma from 1884 was both.
Early last year, I began working on digitization prep for what we at the Preservation Department refer to as the Hebraica Collection. Since I examine every book and look through many of them page by page, I’ve gotten to know the collection well and seen some interesting things. Surprises found inside the books have included two tiny keys, a long dead cockroach and lots of doodles and scribbles. Below are some examples of my favorite marginalia. The first image is of a book from 1766.
Wikipedia has an entry for Anthropodermic Bibliopegy, or the practice of binding books in human skin. A group of scholars and scientists have been working to test these books to see if they really are bound in human skin or not.
In late October, a real treasure from UCLA Library Special Collections arrived in the lab for treatment. It was a gem of a sketchbook, created by a Union Soldier from Illinois named Frederick E. Ransom. Mr.
Graphic Novels are an art form. How does UCLA Library Conservation Center keep them beautiful and still allow people to check them out?
The essential first step that every conservator takes when beginning a project is documentation. This essential step is where we record every piece of information that can be gleaned about its creation, history, and current physical state. As conservators it is essential that we understand everything that went into making the object and how its use as a physical object has caused damage before we move forward with treating it.
UCLA Library Preservation, with support from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, is digitizing the audiovisual materials and photographs in the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company records. In 1925, when William J. Nickerson, Jr., George A. Beavers, Jr., and Norman O.
[Ed. Note: MLIS student / preservation assistant Hillary McCreery Holley prepared some questions for me and I've tried to answer below. This is the second installment of our celebration of American Library Association's Preservation Week.]