The Inks and Skins collaboration studies material aspects of medieval Gaelic manuscripts, fusing scientific analysis with codicology and linguistic study. These manuscripts contain a wealth of tales and poetry, historical, legal, and scientific writing from medieval Ireland. The manuscripts themselves, their creation, and their survival each have their own tales to tell.
This Friday, November 3 is Ask a Conservator Day. This is an annual event organized by the American Institute for Conservation that allows conservators to share their work and their role in cultural heritage preservation with the public. Here is an interview with Kate Morrison Danzis, a preservation specialist in the Conservation Division of the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress struggles with storage space like any other institution. This blog will highlight the Preservation Directorate’s efforts to create an integrated approach to collection needs assessment and space management for its vast collection.
In the first of our new staff series, Backgrounds as Vast as Our Collections: The Research and Testing Division, we meet Chris Bolser. Chris is a preservation technician who has been with the library for about 8 years.
In 2017, Jeanne Drewes, began an independent oral history project as part of the Occupational Folklife Project to document the occupational trade and work-related experiences of professional bookbinders. Now available, the interviews document the histories of individual binderies, trace intertwined firm histories, and encourage interviewees to discuss how the binders’ occupation and the preservation of books have changed over the years.
Read this post to learn about conservation treatment on silver gelatine, portrait photographs from the Nancy Pelosi Papers. These treatments were performed as part of a post-graduate internship at the Library of Congress.