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Library of Virginia

An incredible resource and cultural heritage repository in the state of Virginia.…

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Conservation, Restoration and Repair of Circus Posters

The history of circus posters is a fascinating one.  The vast majority of the time, these posters were intended to be ephemeral, posted on building walls and in windows as an advertisement.  About a week before the performance, the…

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Cleaning Stained and Yellowed Works of Art On Paper

A Charles Hamilton Smith engraved illustrated print prior to washing and stain reduction. The same work of art on paper after treatment, which involved washing, deacidification and treatment with stain reducing agents. Do you own a work of art…

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Bible Repair & Restoration

Do you have a family bible that has become worn or tattered over the years?  Are there loose or torn pages?  Is the sewing structure or cover coming apart?  Most people don’t realize that in many instances, these treasured…

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Conservation and Repair of Civil War Era Newspapers

The following is a video created by my colleagues Leslie Courtois and Audrey Johnson at the Library of Virginia.  In it, Leslie and Audrey detail and illustrate the treatment concerns related to Civil War era newspapers.  They address the…

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Recovering Books and Works of Art on Paper From Fires

Notes from Carteret County Fire Recovery Workshop Burnsville Museum, June 2, 2014 In this workshop, the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team created a mock museum, and set it on fire.  Workshop participants were then brought in two days later,…

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What Causes Foxing Or Staining In Paper?

The sources of stains on paper can vary widely.  Today, I will focus on foxing specifically. Does your document or work of art on paper have small, ovular stains or spots? These discolorations are commonly referred to as foxing.…

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The History of Military Camp Photographers

I just read a very illuminating article by Ron Field regarding the history and practices of military camp photographers. Although I am quite familiar with the variety of photographic processes that evolved from the mid 1860’s through the late…

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How To Care For Your Family Documents

Do you have a collection of genealogical documents, such as birth certificates, diplomas, marriage licenses, maps, family bibles, journals, scrapbooks or other paper-based genealogical materials that require safekeeping? Here are some basic storage guidelines to help protect your valuables:…