Special Collections and Archives has a number of artifacts in the collection that are unusual in size, shape or material. The umbrella, which is part of the Sophie Lanneau Collection, is one of these unusual items. The umbrella is over 75 years old and without some protection, would be subject to damage from accidental contact and from light.
I decided to construct a box for the umbrella. I have an assortment of archival boards to use for box making, but this umbrella is large: approximately 56″ in length. I decided to see a corrugated archival board known as corrugated e-flute archival board. This archival board is constructed to be stronger than ordinary corrugated board and is also helpful in resisting temperature and humidity. Inside the box, I used an archival foam called ethafoam, which is chemically inert and not abrasive.
Ethafoam is easy to cut and shape and perfect for this application. The ethafoam pieces I cut and placed inside the box serve to cushion the top, bottom and sides of the umbrella inside the box.
This blog post was co-written by Craig Fansler and Brittnee Worthy