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Preservation Department

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Basic Preservation Tutorials

These tutorials are from the "Archives on a Shoestring" workshop series the Preservation Department is presenting for LILRC's Conservation and Preservation Committee. Tutorials are available by technique, and the full presentations are available below.


Full Presentations:

Archives on a Shoestring I: Basic Preservation Techniques 

Introductory workshop with general information on preservation principles, tools, and best practice, as well as an introduction to many preservation techniques. 

Archives on a Shoestring II: Intermediate Preservation Techniques 

A hands-on workshop on paper flattening, document and map encapsulation, pamphlet sewing, and envelope enclosures. 

How to Make a Chapbook Workshop 

A chapbook is a small collection of poetry, generally no more than 40 pages, that often centers on a specific theme. Sold by peddlers in 19th century Europe, these books were illustrated with crude woodcuts, which sometimes bore no relation to the text. A chapbook is typically saddle-stitched (like a pamphlet or magazine) and usually printed on a single sheet of folded paper.

Music Sewing Tutorials

These tutorials give step-by-step instructions on preparing and sewing soft covered musical works for extended use and shelf life in the library. This pamphlet sewing technique can be applied towards any similar items, such as soft-covered brochures or books.