Preservation

Stabilizing World War I Posters

Special Collections & Archives holds a small collection of posters from World War I. The posters vary in size from 17 x 22″ to 48 x 62″. The images are created from original artwork by a range of talented artists, such as Jessie Willcox Smith, Howard Chandler Christy and James Montgomery Flagg. These artists defined... more

Perfect Binding?

If a small mistake is made at a commercial bindery, lots of books can be printed and bound incorrectly until the mistake is noticed. These small, damaged printing runs may look perfect until the cover is opened and many times, are not detected at the bindery. They are often not noticed until they arrive at... more

Preserving SC&A Panoramic Photos

From Stephanie Bennett, Collections Archivist, and Craig Fansler, Preservation Librarian I imagine that lots of folks have a rolled up poster or photograph rolling around their houses. As collections archivist, I come across photos that have been tucked away, often for decades. Whereas with a poster, rolling it out is simply a matter of flattening,... more

Sophie Lanneau and Her Pathein Htee

Among the many collections in ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives is Sophie Stevens Lanneau’s papers. The papers and artifacts in this collection tell the story of Sophie Lanneau’s extensive travels throughout Eastern Asia. Lanneau, daughter of Wake Forest professor John Francis Lanneau, was a teacher and Southern Baptist Convention educational missionary to China from 1907 to... more

Basic Book Repair Workshop in Raleigh

On Friday, June 3rd, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. The workshop was held at a beautiful location with a very nice facility nicely tucked away from the hectic roads in Raleigh. The park is surrounded by NC State test farms, and hosts the last... more

Creating Clamshell Boxes for Samuel Wait

In October, 2015, I attended a Clamshell Box-making workshop at Cat Tail Bindery in Winchester, Virginia. The workshop was excellent and immediately useful. When I returned, Tanya gave me six books that once belonged to Samuel Wait and asked me to make boxes for them. This provided a great opportunity to go over what I... more

Asheville Book Repair Workshop

On Friday, November 6, 2015, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop in Asheville, The workshop was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Western Office and sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). The NCDCR office is located on the Veterans Administration campus and is located in a nicely restored building... more

Repairing Mr. Bayle’s Dictionary

Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) was a French scholar and philosopher who spent most of his adult life as a Huguenot exile in the Netherlands. His most famous work was the Dictionnaire Historique et Critique, a multi-volume biographical encyclopedia that encompassed Bayle’s wide-ranging and often unorthodox ideas. His arguments, carried out largely in the footnotes of the... more

Preservation Week 2015

Preservation Week is an annual event sponsored by ALA which is focused on bringing attention to preservation issues. This year, April 26 – May 2 has been designated as the week to celebrate and bring attention to our preservation needs. In 2004, Heritage Preservation carried out the first national survey, called the Heritage Health Index.... more

Repairing Shakespeare with a “tacket”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “tacket” as a nail; in later use, a small nail, a tack: a hob-nail with which the soles of shoes are studded. In the case of book preservation, a tacket is a physical connection between a loose board and the book itself with linen thread. I learned to make... more