Sofie LH

The Media Conservator

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conservethis:

I’m currently working on repairing this Victorian book of floral symbolism, and realized that a couple of the plates were loose and not in the right place. Unfortunately there was no paginated “List of Illustrations”, and the titles on the plates didn’t match up with the flowers listed in the table of contents. So what did I do?

I harnessed the power of The Internet and Digital Preservation, and found a digitized copy on HathiTrust, flipped through until I found the aforementioned plates, and noted where they are supposed to go! 

I also recently printed out a copy of a map from a digitized version of another 19th century book, to be inserted into our copy which was missing said map. 

Filed under digital Conservation paper books restoration

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iowacitypast:

Librarians in Special Collections department of the Main Library, the University of Iowa, April 18, 1966
Photographer: Frederick W. Kent
Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/15604

Look at the newspapers under all those books standing up. And the paper inserted between the textblocks and the cases. And the mysterious bottle of…something just in front of her….goshdarnit, I think she’s oiling those bindings! 

Note to others: DO NOT put any kind of leather dressing or oil on your leather books. It can damage the binding and the oil can soak into the paper and damage the pages of the book. 

conservethis:

iowacitypast:

Librarians in Special Collections department of the Main Library, the University of Iowa, April 18, 1966

Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/15604

Look at the newspapers under all those books standing up. And the paper inserted between the textblocks and the cases. And the mysterious bottle of…something just in front of her….goshdarnit, I think she’s oiling those bindings! 

Note to others: DO NOT put any kind of leather dressing or oil on your leather books. It can damage the binding and the oil can soak into the paper and damage the pages of the book. 

Filed under library books how not to do it

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preservearchives:

Humidification Dome … Different than the Thunderdome!

The Paper Lab in St. Louis regularly uses several methods of humidification to flatten damaged or folded records, but the humidification dome is currently the most effective for the Lab.  The large chamber allows for high capacity humidification whether we are working with records damaged in the 1973 fire or documents that were stored rolled or folded. Tubing connects an ultrasonic humidifier which pumps moisture into the sealed dome.  Documents lay on blotter paper inside the dome to help absorb moisture and protect the documents.  Humidification times vary depending on the type of paper being humidified, but we are able to humidify regularly hundreds of sheets over the course of a day. Student intern Emily Thompson is seen here laying out and monitoring the humidification or records.

Filed under paper conservation humidification paper

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ffyesyes:

textile-museum:

Associate Conservator Maria Fusco is carving archival ethafoam to make the base for a hip form. This hip form will be used to display a sarong from Indonesia in The Textile Museum’s first exhibition at its new location at the George Washington University, Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories.

omg for the last two years, up until this very moment I thought of this Maria Fusco when I saw Maria Fusco’s name:

(wiki), and i kept thinking, wow! it is so weird to have someone be really successful at abstract art criticism, and ALSO at treating faux pearls from the late 1800s, she must just know everything about everything. More than one Maria Fusco? impossible! This also made me realise that conservation and art writing might just occupy the exact opposite sides of the brain. so close, yet so far. I also realised i can much more readily read a 5 page paper on the manufacture and composition of faux pearls in the 1800s (Hint, they are made out of glass and blake fish guts that the victorians neatly euphemismed “essence of the orient”) than a 5 page paper on ‘the space beyond utopia’s concern with the primacy of the single idea’ (hint: i have no hints because ugh…dry…urgh). In any case, you go Maria Fuscos! Way to be successful and unrelated in your respective fields.

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Robert Capa in China

My dear friend and photo historian Rixt Bosma, is giving a presentation this evening at Amsterdam University Library about Robert Capa, based on the book Photography meets Film: Capa, Ivens and Fernhout in China, 1938

There will also be a screening of the documentary “Robert Capa in Love and War by Anne Makepeace. 

It’s all happening at 18.00 on this address:

P.C.Hoofthuis (1 Floor)

Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam

At 18:00 , Zaal: 1.15

Filed under robert capa photography documentary amsterdam

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blantonmuseum:

Student Breaks 19th Century Statue While Taking A Selfie

There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art.

At a museum in Milan, Italy, a student reportedly broke that second rule: he climbed on a statue dating back to the early 19th century to take a selfie and caused the statue’s left leg to fall off. The discovery was made on Tuesday morning by the staff of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, one of Italy’s most renowned academic institutions, and it was apparently also recorded by security cameras.

So this happened.

(We want to see the video.)

(via themindofaconservator)

Filed under selfie statue museum