From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Tape

CALLOUT_PreservWkMAY1It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Tape:

In the case of rare book conservation, adhesives utilized have some important criteria to meet. They must be of sufficient strength (maintaining adhesion for an indefinite period), have no tendency to discolor the paper to which it is applied (stains, yellowing, or darkening), and be reversible to assure its removal with no damage to the book. Good examples of adhesive that meets these criteria is starch-based paste, used for centuries by Japanese scroll mounters, or a pressure-sensitive paper-based tape with acrylic adhesive. Yet it is all too common that we encounter commercialized tapes holding pages together. Not only do these tapes cause staining over time, while requiring toxic solvents to remove, but they most definitely damage the materials they are “repairing”. In the case of this poor book (see above), we find a commercialized duct-tape to be the culprit.

Sources:

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/7.-conservation-procedures/7.1-guidelines-for-library-binding

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/7.-conservation-procedures/7.3-repairing-paper-artifacts

By Monica Patterson

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Preservation Week: From the Archives: Mounting Photographs

CALLOUT_PreservWkAPR30It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Mounting Photographs:

Since photographs are often thin and flimsy, they can be mounted on mats to increase their durability and protect them from dust, dirt, and fingerprints. The standard mounting procedure includes a “sandwich” made of a backboard and a window that encloses the photo, made with acid-free paper, appropriate adhesives (usually a starch-based paste, never glue), backing or spacers for the photo, and “glazing” (something like Plexiglas or acrylic). The least possible amount of these things should touch the photo itself. The following is an example of how not to mount a photo: the photo is crooked and glued to the paper backing, the glue is not starch-based (you can tell by the discoloration around the top and left sides), there’s a hole in the photo itself, the backing is taped to a piece of cardboard, everything is creased, and there’s no window or glazing to protect the photograph.

Sources:

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/4.-storage-and-handling/4.10-matting-and-framing-for-art-and-artifacts-on-paper

By Morgan Ford

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Get ready for 24/7! Laptop Locks are Available at the Circ Desk!

CALLOUT_24-7_LaptopLocksCollins Library wants you prepared for Finals Week!

The library hours during that period will be:

May 3 – 5 Sun – Tues 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hours
May 10 – 14 Sun – Thur 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hours
May 15 Fri Closing 6 p.m.

The Circulation Desk has laptop locks to check out for 6 hours and 1 renewal. So you can rest easy knowing your property is safe.

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr

LightWeCannotSeeThis novel tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both overcome personal obstacles and try to survive the devastation of World War II.  The highly acclaimed author, Anthony Doerr, uses multiple characters’ viewpoints to illustrate the way war affects lives.  It is beautifully written and a memorable read.

This book was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, announced April 20!  Put it at the top of your summer reading list. It’s that good.

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From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Metal Fasteners

Images displaying the damage that can be done to materials by paper clips, and rusted metal fasteners

Images displaying the damage that can be done to materials by paper clips, and rusted metal fasteners

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Metal Fasteners:

Metal fasteners can cause considerable damage to materials, whether it be through the rust and corrosion of the metal, or the tearing and damage done by metal points. It is therefore important to remove these items from materials (even if they are in good condition). Metal fasteners include commonplace paperclips and staples (and even small nails!). Considerable damage can be caused by careless removal of these metal fasteners, but there are a few simple techniques to follow when removing them:

Staples – using a flat spatula or similar instrument, lift the legs of the staples to pry all fastened edges away from the paper (essentially straightening the staple) before removal.

Paper clips – using a flat spatula or similar instrument, pry up the front and back of the clip before removal.

Sources:

https://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/librarypreservation/meolda/preservation/basicremedial.html

 By Monica Patterson

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3rd Annual Gwen Phibbs Cookie Bake-off, May 6, 3:30-4 p.m., Misner Room, Collins Library

CALLOUT_CollegiateCookiesCelebrate the last day of classes! Come enjoy cookies baked by Collins Library staff inspired by the recipes from Mrs. Gwen Phibbs Collegiate Cookies Cookbook.

Back by popular demand is the Collins Library Cookie Bake-off.  Several years ago it was discovered in the Archives Gwen Phibbs’ Cookie Cookbook—this inspired recipes for this annual event which has become very popular. This year the library is once again hosting its Cookie Bake-off on Wednesday, May 6th in the Misner Room.  From 3 to 3:30pm, staff and faculty members are invited to sample cookies baked by library and student staffers.  At 3:30, students studying in the library will be lucky recipients of the delectable treats. It’s the library’s way of wishing students congratulations and good luck!

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From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Frayed Edges

CALLOUT_PreservWkAPR28It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Frayed Edges:

Frayed or chipped edges are defined as “a mark or flaw caused by scuffing, gouging, or breaking off of a small piece of the dust jacket, pages, or back-strip [of a book].” These flaws are caused not only by scuffing or gouging; they may also be caused by a number of environmental factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in temperature and humidity (causing a degradation of paper), direct light, oxidation, and water damage (paper weakness and fraying), and acidity (brittle paper). Therefore, as a preventative measure, be sure to keep your materials in ideal conditions. And if it’s too late, protect your delicate and damaged materials in preservation binders rather than on an open shelf, such as the example above.

Sources:

https://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/publications/PreservingBooks.pdf

http://www.alibris.com/glossary/glossary-books#c

By Monica Patterson

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Music in the Library: Flute Ensemble – Chamber Music from London & Vienna, Friday, May 1 at 3:15 p.m.

CALLOUT_MAY1-2015_MusicFlute Ensemble: Chamber Music from London & Vienna
Friday, May 1, 2015
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Collins Memorial Library, Reading Room

Performance by:
Whitney Reveyrand, Megan Reich, Bianca Lim, Colin Babcock Flutes,
Nic Bailon, Cello

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Behind the Archives Door event: “Documenting the Slide from Hope to Chaos: The Road to Tian’anmen Square”

BIGCALLOUT_TiananmenTuesday, May 5th, 4:00 p.m.
Archives & Special Collections,
2nd Floor, Collins Library

Documenting the Slide from Hope to Chaos:  The Road to Tian’anmen Square, Professor David Hull, Asian Studies

The Egge Collection is a vast trove of media sources tracking the lead-up to the chaos of Tian’anmen Square in June of 1989.  Aside from a couple of very interesting unique artifacts of the movements, the collection’s real value lies in the Chinese print media collected in the weeks leading up to the violent clearing of the square.

Please join us for tea, cookies, and conversation.  All are welcome!

Part of the Behind the Archives Door series!

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2015 Book Collecting Contest Winners

Zeb Howell, Krista Silva, Louisa Raitt, Cassandra Childs,  Alicia Matz, Jessalyn Kreutzer

Zeb Howell, Krista Silva, Louisa Raitt, Cassandra Childs, Alicia Matz, Jessalyn Kreutzer

The winners of the 2015 Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Collins Library and the Book Club of Washington were announced April 23, 2015. The aim of the contest is to encourage full-time students at Puget Sound to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives, to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and to read, research and preserve the collected works for pleasure and scholarship. Collections can be on any subject and this contest is open to all full time students.  The Book Club of Washington generously funds two cash awards for student winners – $750 to a single collector and $500 for best essay. A third award of $250, the Collins Choice Award, is sponsored by the Collins Library.

The winners are:

  • Jessalyn Kreutzer (Junior), Liberation in Literature: Lesbian Ecofeminism
    The award for best essay goes to Jessalyn Kreutzer for her essay, “Liberation in Literature: Lesbian Ecofeminism”  Jessalyn’s essay and collection truly reflect her journey to discover herself and her place in society.  She purposefully centered her essay around her definition of selfhood, while cohesively weaving her plurality of interests around that theme and welcoming and encouraging others to have the courage to take a similar journey.  Congratulations to Jessalyn.
  • Krista Silva (Senior), The Wonderful World of Whedon: A Collection of Texts Celebrating Joss Whedon and His Works
    The first place award, or single collector award, acknowledges an excellent, integrated and comprehensive essay, a well annotated bibliography, images, and wish list. This year the first place award goes to Krista Silva for her collection, “The Wonderful World of Whedon: A Collection of Texts Celebrating Joss Whedon and His Works.”  Krista demonstrated a holistic, broad minded and informed approach to her collection, specifying as she did so the importance of a collection as a symbol of personal meaning.  She showed how a collection is more than a group of objects, it is rather a gathering of portals of experience.  Additionally, her essay exuded the depth and breadth of the Whedon universe in a variety of ways which showcased an imaginative, thorough approach to her collection.  Congratulations to Krista.
  • Alicia Matz (Senior), Epics, Myth & Modern Magic: Where Classics & Fantasy Collide
    The Collins Choice Award recognizes a student whose collection illustrates the hallmarks of a liberal arts education.  This year, for our inaugural award, the Collins Choice Award goes to Alicia Matz, for her collection, “Epic, Myth, and Modern Magic: Where Classics and Fantasy Collide.”  Alicia’s collection immediately stood out as a truly interdisciplinary demonstration of learning. Her collection reveals a broad integration of different disciplines woven together to form a whole.  Grounded in her understanding of classics, her collection ventured into new territory, asserting connections and gathering meaning, all with a deep appreciation for her books as portals to knowledge. Ultimately, an exceptional collection and a rich topic for further study.  Congratulations Alicia.
2015 Book Collecting Contest participants

2015 Book Collecting Contest participants

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the contest:

Cassandra Childs
Imagining New Worlds: A Fantasy Collection

Zeb Howell
Far Far Away and Further: The Star Wars Expanded Universe

Jessalyn Kreutzer
Liberation in Literature: Lesbian Ecofeminism

Alicia Matz
Epics, Myth and Modern Magic: Where Classics and Fantasy Collide

Louisa Raitt
Tacoma, Havana, Iberia, and Beyond: A Personal Art [History & Critique] Collection

Krista Silva
The Wonderful World of Whedon: A Collection of Texts Celebrating Joss Whedon and His Works

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