Cups & Glasses in Special Collections: Part 2

Written by: Bexx Caswell-Olson

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, November 1, 2016

 

Cups, cups, and more cups to wash!  Deionized water and a soft sponge was all that was needed for most items.  In a few cases, a diluted dish detergent was used.

Although kind of gross, dried soda from the early 1970′s is pretty easy to clean.

By ensuring that all of the old soda residue is removed, we can help eliminate potential pest problems in the collection.

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Bexx Caswell-Olson
Before migrating to Michigan and beginning work at the MSU Libraries Wallace Conservation Lab, Bexx Caswell-Olson was employed as a bookbinder and book conservator in private practice in Iowa City, IA. Prior to running her own business, Bexx spent nearly a decade living in the Boston area where she worked in a variety of libraries and conservation labs, including those at Harvard and MIT. She is Vice President of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization for those working in bookbinding, book conservation, and the book arts. Bexx holds a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. In addition to her passion for bookbinding, Bexx also has an affinity for typography, bibliomysteries, seed bead weaving, and vegan baking.