Jorge Luis Borges’ Evaristo Carriego manuscript

Written by: Bexx Caswell-Olson

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, December 18, 2017

creating package to house Jorge Luis Borges’ Evaristo Carriego manuscript

The original manuscript for Jorge Luis Borges’ Evaristo Carriego (MSS 503) was delivered to us in a FedEx envelope. The package also included various letters, newspaper clippings, and a set of negatives. I humidified and flattered each piece, then placed it in a Mylar l-sleeve, and then into a paper folder labeled with the contents. Each group of similarly sized items was given its own layer in a custom clamshell box. The negatives, which we suspect are cellulose nitrate, were housed in individual paper sleeves inside a four flap wrapper, nestled inside a separate matching enclosure. It was a fun and challenging enclosure to make! – Bexx #mymagnumopus #boxmaking #specialcollections #borges #customenclosure (at MSU Libraries)
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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.