Saving Your Treasures: BOOKS, BIBLES, and SCRAPBOOKS

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Types of Objects

BOOKS, BIBLES, AND SCRAPBOOKS

 

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Books are complex structures of several materials. They are a:

“collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank leaves of paper, parchment (or vellum) papyrus, or other flexible or semi-flexible material, strung or bound together . . . Specifically, a book is a collection of single sheets or folded leaves, bearing printing or writing, which have been folded, stitched, sewn, or secured by adhesive along the binding edge, generally rounded and backed, and usually secured between boards that have been covered in cloth, paper, or like material, or which have been bound in leather.” 1

Books are generally cared for by paper conservators or those who have specialized in books alone. The videos below and handouts and websites on the right will guide you in the proper methods for preserving your items.

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

What Is, and Is Not,
Paper
Key Papermaking Terms
& Types of Paper
How to
Identify Paper
Pigments
vs. Dyes
Paper ProblemsWhat Causes Paper Problems?Safe Paper ContentPreserving a Book
from 1730
    
Environment:
Light
Environment: Relative Humidity & TemperatureEnvironment: Airborne & Gaseous PollutantsEnvironment:
Mold
Housing Documents
for Archives
Housing Negatives, Film, Books, Newspapers, Scrapbooks, & Sound Recording Media

Examining, Handling, and Housing Paper-Based Materials

1 Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington. 1982. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Library of Congress: Washington, D.C., p. 28.


TYPES OF OBJECTS

Books, Bibles, ScrapbooksDishes, Glassware, SilverwareFirearmsFurnitureJewelry
Native American ItemsNatural History SpecimensNewspaperPhotographs
Textiles, Clothing, UniformsTools, Mechanical Objects, InstrumentsToysWorks of Art