Friday, March 30, 2012

Preservation Portfolio

Preservation Portfolio

The following photos are examples of the different type of repair and preservation works used in the WVU & OPSU Libraries.

Clamshell enclosure made for a will from the 1800’s

Encapsulation & cover for the will

The complete enclosure with will


The final Clamshell enclosure 

Clamshell enclosure for a small monograph

 Many smaller books are being lost in the archives.  This is one way to keep them in line with the other books.


Clamshell enclosure & paper saving lift for fragile items

 This item can also be found in the archives.  It was previously taped with brown book tape and the item was too fragile to remove the tape safely.  I created a carrier to lift the item out of the box without damaging it further.
 The clamshell box or enclosure.
 The lifting apparatus. A piece of davey board the same size as the item supports while the smaller flaps lift it from the box or enclosure.

The lift.

Clamshell enclosure for Government Document loose leaf pamphlets

 Finished product ready to go back to the stacks
 Loose leaf documents tied with a ribbon
 The enclosure

Recasing: Before, during and after:

 The monograph is in very bad shape.  It needs cleaned, pages tipped in and recased.

 Cleaning with a dry cleaning pad.
 Dirt problems.  The dry cleaning pad or eraser will erase the dirt from the paper.

 Dirt erased.  Note the hole in the paper.  This was present before the erasing began.
 Taping the holes and tears with Filmoplast P by Neschen.  This is a non acidic paper tape.
 Tape both sides.
 Adding new endsheets
 Recovering the book
 New boards
 Adding the spine
 Using PVA glue to glue the book to the outer cover.

 Fixing the ditch
 Book is ready for the press.
From rags to riches. Recase is finished. All the book needs now is a the title, barcode and call number added before being placed back into the stacks.

Phase boxes:

 This four flap enclosure is easier and cheaper to create than a clamshell enclosure for a heavily used item that can not be replaced easily. 
 A condition alert is added to the flap to warn the patron to handle carefully

Phase boxes ready to be shelved in the stacks.


In some cases it is easier and cheaper to rebind a book than to re order the book.  This example is in three pieces. 

The wax paper is placed between the separate pieces to keep the whole page from being a glued mess

 Clamps hold the book together during the drying process.
 Placing super on the spine to reinforce the glued pieces
 Gluing the super to the spine
 Adding a new hardcover to the paperback item.

The finished product.  Can you see where the separate pieces were connected together?

Ready to be placed back into the stacks.