Salvaging Wet Books

Earlier this month, the MSU Libraries’ Disaster Response Committee practiced our procedures for salvaging wet books.  We took advantage of the nice weather to get outside, get some books wet, and then do our best to salvage them (don’t worry, we used withdrawn materials!). Eric Alstrom, Head of Preservation and Conservation, showed us how to …

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Poster preservation

Posters, posters, and more posters! A recent donation of several hundred movie posters (not all are shown above) recently invaded the conservation lab. The posters had been rolled for storage, and while a few unrolled easily, those printed on heavyweight paper didn’t want to be flat. I knew that trying to humidify and flatten each …

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Just Cocktails

This recipe book has a fun wood cover with brass hinges and rawhide leather thong binding.  Unfortunately, the acidic wood cover has irreversibly stained the first and last pages, creating a mirror image of the wood grain.  I’ve never seen anything quite like this, and find it fascinating! Want to see this book in person?  …

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17th Century Bacteria?

  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 …

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Imbiza: A Digital Archive of the 2010 World Cup

Recently, I spoke with Liz Timbs, the creator of Imbiza 1.0: A Digital Repository of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Imbiza (http://imbiza.matrix.msu.edu) is an open-access web-based project that uses a highly modified theme on a WordPress framework.  Objects contained in Imbiza were catalogued and preserved using KORA, the digital repository and publishing platform …

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