Paper Conservation

Our library offers treatment services for restoration and conservation prints and books.

 

About Paper Conservation
What is paper conservation

The conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts, documents, and prints is an activity dedicated to the preservation and protection of items of historical and personal value made primarily from paper.

Paper-based items such as books, scrapbooks, manuscripts, maps, deeds, newspapers, and prints present distinctive concerns when it comes to care and conservation. Unlike works of art on paper, these items are often handled directly and repeatedly to access information.

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Surface Cleaning

Surface cleaning, synonymously referred to as dry cleaning, is a mechanical cleaning technique used to reduce superficial soil, dust, grime, insect droppings, accretions, or other surface deposits. (Dry cleaning, as the term is used in paper conservation, does not employ the use of organic solvents.

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De-acidification

De-acidification refers to chemical treatments meant to slow down the acid hydrolysis and embrittlement of books and paper documents that had been printed on acidic paper. From the early 1800s up to about 1990, papermakers used aluminum sulfate, an acidic compound, in most printing papers.

 

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Retouching

Also known as "In-painting" or "Image integration". This is an optional process in restoration. It fills in the missing details of the print to better appreciate the object.

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Patching

Also known as "Gap filling" or "In filling". Missing or torn edges are restored by using similar material or color looking materials.