17th Century Bacteria?

Written by: Autumn Faulkner

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab Blog, September 11, 2015.

Nine months ago, we posted about these jars of water (http://msulconservationlab.tumblr.com/post/108193028342/this-row-of-jars-shows-how-much-discoloration) which hold samples from each subsequent washing of a book printed in the 1600s (http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b2150582~S23a).I was making my merry way through the lab the other day when I noticed something growing in Jar 1. GROWING, you guys. I fear we have awakened an ancient evil. Wait, I mean bacteria. An ancient bacteria. Either way, gross. I’m so glad we washed the beginnings of this mysterious gunk out of that book!~Autumn

 

Nine months ago, we posted about these jars of water (http://msulconservationlab.tumblr.com/post/108193028342/this-row-of-jars-shows-how-much-discoloration) which hold samples from each subsequent washing of a book printed in the 1600s (http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b2150582~S23a).

I was making my merry way through the lab the other day when I noticed something growing in Jar 1. GROWING, you guys

I fear we have awakened an ancient evil. Wait, I mean bacteria. An ancient bacteria. Either way, gross. I’m so glad we washed the beginnings of this mysterious gunk out of that book!

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Autumn Faulkner
Autumn Faulkner is the Assistant Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Michigan State University Libraries with a secondary assignment in the Wallace Conservation Lab. She enjoys providing access to MSUL's resources, whether than involves managing projects, cataloging a stack of books, or repairing an old map so it can be handled by patrons. Her research interests include the upcoming transition of bibliographic data to the Semantic Web environment and efficient methods for creating and maintaining that data.
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