Saving Your Treasures: BOOKS, BIBLES, and SCRAPBOOKS
Types of Objects
BOOKS, BIBLES, AND SCRAPBOOKS
Books are complex structures of several materials. They are a:
“collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank leaves of paper, parchment (or vellum) papyrus, or other flexible or semi-flexible material, strung or bound together . . . Specifically, a book is a collection of single sheets or folded leaves, bearing printing or writing, which have been folded, stitched, sewn, or secured by adhesive along the binding edge, generally rounded and backed, and usually secured between boards that have been covered in cloth, paper, or like material, or which have been bound in leather.” 1
Books are generally cared for by paper conservators or those who have specialized in books alone. The videos below and handouts and websites on the right will guide you in the proper methods for preserving your items.
If you have any questions, ask a conservator.
|What Is, and Is Not,|
|Key Papermaking Terms|
& Types of Paper
|Paper Problems||What Causes Paper Problems?||Safe Paper Content||Preserving a Book|
|Environment: Relative Humidity & Temperature||Environment: Airborne & Gaseous Pollutants||Environment:|
|Housing Negatives, Film, Books, Newspapers, Scrapbooks, & Sound Recording Media|
1 Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington. 1982. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Library of Congress: Washington, D.C., p. 28.
TYPES OF OBJECTS
|Books, Bibles, Scrapbooks||Dishes, Glassware, Silverware||Firearms||Furniture||Jewelry|
|Native American Items||Natural History Specimens||Newspaper||Photographs|
|Textiles, Clothing, Uniforms||Tools, Mechanical Objects, Instruments||Toys||Works of Art|