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Vellum & Parchment Conservation & History

Due to their sensitive nature, vellum and parchment manuscripts must be handled with great care. Vellum has a tendency to warp and cockle when exposed to fluctuations in humidity. Pictured above you can see a previously rolled vellum manuscript…

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Introducing Fibernacci Press!

I would like to introduce my friend and colleague Susanne Baker, papermaker, marbler and bookbinding extraordinaire. Susanne exudes magic and whimsy in all of her creative endeavors, and derives great joy from both creating gorgeous, high-quality handmade papers, as…

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Rethinking Audubon’s Legacy

This sensitive and honest article takes a look at the life of John James Audubon, and the way he related to Native Americans and African Americans. He apparently had slaves, and was a supporter of the practice of slavery.…

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How is Iron Gall Ink Made?

This is a question that I encounter frequently in my work with historic documents. Everything from land indentures to family bibles other documents contain iron gall ink. The recipe is said to have originated with Pliny the Elder, an…

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Conservation Treatment of Artwork by Hans Sebald Beham

The Gallery & Collections Coordinator at an area university recently brought in a set of 14th century engravings created by Hans Sebald Beham. Like many works of art in need of the care and attention of a skilled conservator,…

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Cleaning Fungal Stains on Paper with Hydrogels

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964830519310649?fbclid=IwAR3MZXzXamLu2gz1oMHMRmT-i5myFp28aU3J40Of0dB7H5Iau-vpAtNNKDE An interesting article on the removal of fungal staining complexes from paper using rigid hydrogels and adjusting pH.…