What We Do

Dianna Samuelson and scrapbook

Dianna Samuelson restoring scrapbook.

The staff of the Conservation lab uses many hands-on techniques on a daily basis, working with archival materials created over several centuries. The staff uses processes such as disbinding, paste washing, washing and flattening, leafcasting, pH testing, deacidification, sewing, tape removal, mending, rebinding, leatherwork, hand sewing of headbands, encapsulating, laminating, matting, gold stamping and box-making.

To illuminate some of the processes further, there follow some short descriptions.

Before conservation After conservation

Before and after conservation of a badly damaged blueprint