Conservation Lab Projects

Projects at the conservation lab, both those to repair items owned by the Archives and those donated by private individuals, go through a multi-step process from the time they enter the lab to when their repairs are completed. When the Conservation Lab receives a request for repairs, the documents or books are assessed in the following ways:

  • Condition report outlines the current physical state of the item at the time it entered the Conservation Lab
  • Treatment proposal suggests the necessary steps and materials needed to repair the item to improve its condition as much as possible.  This proposal also contains a cost estimate for services.
  • Careful photo documentation is undertaken to record the quality of the document or book before and after conservation work.
  • Treatment report describes the condition of the item following treatment.

Some recent projects in the Conservation Lab include:

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