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About this Blog: Guardians of Memory

The Library of Congress’ mission is to “engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.” Preservation takes its cue from the words universal and enduring. This blog will explore how the preservation staff make sure the Library’s collections endure and it will explore the diversity of ways that people have recorded their knowledge and creativity. Find out about the techniques and technologies that preservation staff use to care for the collections, from singular artifacts to hundreds of miles of shelving, and learn about research that adds to our knowledge of the collections and makes sure we keep them available today and into the future.



Close-up view of two hands carefully at work on an aged, yellowing manuscript with handwriting
Michelle Smith from the Conservation Division disbinds the autobiographical manuscript “The Life of Omar ibn Said” in preparation for further preservation treatment, June 15, 2018. (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)