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Flattening an illuminated vellum scroll

It is quite common for vellum and parchment documents to be folded, which is often the case with land indentures, for instance. Storing vellum documents in a rolled format was also a common convention, especially for diplomas, certificates and…

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Illinois Historic Group Directory

I am delighted to announce that I am now a Preferred Partner of the Illinois Historic League Directory. As a Preferred Partner, I am available to provide preservation advice and consultations to historical groups based in Illinois. In April,…

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Best Practices in the Care of Special Collections

This video is a free online symposium on the topic of special collections in the cultural heritage sector, and how best to care for them. If you are a museum or library professional, it is well worth the watch.…

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Renaissance Art

Another wonderful video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the work of Jan Gossart, a Renaissance painter. They have created quite a few really wonderful behind-the-scenes videos about different works of art in their collection. I enjoyed this…

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The Care & Documentation of Ivory Objects

http://www.connectingtocollections.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Ivory-PowerPoint-Slides.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1juWIMF1wN2LyZTJosbKCJhQ02EzLHbek_zFJifm73zIYDlP_ENO4m_aM A really helpful and informative Power Point presentation by Stephanie Hornbeck about ivory artifacts. This presentation includes plenty of excellent photographic examples detailing the various types of ivory (mammoth, whale, narwhal, wart hog, etc) and the different kinds…