Software for Born-Digital Preservation

The Preservation Services Division uses a wide array of specialized software in order to preserve born-digital collections, most of which originally arrived at the Library of Congress on external media such as floppy disks, optical disks, and hard drives. By using this software, staff are able to find and preserve millions of files that are otherwise trapped on older media.

If Only Flutes Could Talk – A Tale of Science, Music, and Napoleon’s Flute!

This is a guest post by Lynn Brostoff, a chemist in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. Her research interests include the characterization of iron gall ink, verdigris pigment, and glass deterioration. Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford (left), Curator, and Lynn Brostoff (right), Chemist, examining a Laurent flute in the Music Division’s Flute Vault. Photo Credit: Larry […]

A Trio of Literary Ladies Conserved

This is a guest post authored by Gwenanne Edwards, Senior Paper Conservator in the Conservation Division. Drawings personifying genres of literature, Fancy, Romance, and Tragedy, were recently treated in the Conservation Division. The drawings were made in 1896 as preparatory sketches for mural paintings in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and […]

The Cool Collective Success Continues: The Opening of the Newest Collection Storage Module!

Our previous blog A Cool Collective Success! Preserving Collections Offsite presented the general details about the Library of Congress offsite storage facility at Fort Meade, MD. Check it out! In this blog, I share our excitement about the opening of our newest storage location at Fort Meade, Module #6, and the many actions taken in […]

Analyzing Paper Deterioration: The Experiences of Two Interns Working on the Ongoing ANC Project

This is a guest post by Kimberly Chancellor and Heidi Vance, two Junior Fellow summer interns in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. Kimberly is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University where she earned her BS in Anthropology. Heidi is a current paper conservation graduate student at Northumbria University.  This summer we had the […]

Kilobytes of Cultural Heritage: Preserving Collections on Floppy Disks

This is a guest post written by Amanda May, Digital Conversion Specialist in the Preservation Services Division. Her work includes recovering data from removable media in Library collections and providing consultation and services for born-digital collections data. Of the hundreds of thousands of removable media items in the Library’s collections, the vast majority are optical […]

As the Library Sleeps

This is a guest post by Jennifer Lewis, a Preservation Specialist in the Conservation Division who specializes in stabilization, collection housing, and large-scale projects.   Have you wondered what the Library was like when the buildings were nearly empty during the first months of the pandemic? During the Library’s extended closure beginning in March 2020, a team […]

Rediscovering Stories in the Stacks: The Carvalho Monteiro Collection

This is a guest post by Amy Olson, 2021 Junior Fellow in the Collections Management Division and recent graduate of Smith College in Women & Gender Studies. This summer, I have worked as a Junior Fellow with the Carvalho Monteiro Collection, a project to locate and digitally reunite a 30,000 book library within the Library’s […]

Portable Microscopes: It’s a Small World, but not an Unreachable One!

This is a guest post written by Amanda Satorius, Preservation Science Specialist in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. Her work includes completing historical pigment and paper production research, as well as expanding and preserving the Cultural Heritage Analytical Reference Material (CHARM) collection. She is also part of PRTD’s “Go Team” of scientists that use […]