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Conserving the Bwana Devil Poster

Posted by: Samantha Schireson

This is a guest post authored by Conservation Technician, Anna Zastrow. The Bwana Devil movie poster is part of the Archibald Oboler Collection in the Motion, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. The poster was severely damaged, but due to the presence of early fluorescent colorant and the significance of the Bwana Devil, it was decided the …

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A Trio of Literary Ladies Conserved

Posted by: Samantha Schireson

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 …

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As the Library Sleeps

Posted by: Samantha Schireson

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 …

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Material Spotlight: Housing a Soviet Era Star Wars Poster

Posted by: Samantha Schireson

This is a guest post written by Jennifer Phiffer. Jennifer is a Conservation Technician in the General Collections Conservation Section. Her primary  duties are the housing and repair of collection materials. Earlier this year I was very excited to receive a new acquisition from the European Division, a movie poster that needed a custom oversized …

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Conservation at the Library: What We Do!

Posted by: Samantha Schireson

The Library of Congress stewards hundreds of thousands of paper-based and special format materials, and the Conservation Division at the Library employs a diverse staff of conservators, preservation specialists and technicians to treat and care for the incredible range of collections. Special collections materials, as well as the expansive general collection, are cared for according …