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Books & Paper

photo of book & paper labThe Harold and Ebba Hoffman Book/Paper Laboratory is responsible for the care of all paper-based materials, including books, maps, manuscripts, posters, photographs, works of art, and three dimensional objects that contain paper.

Treatments range from basic stabilization to complete restoration. Many books that come into the lab are only boxed or have tears in pages repaired, while others require restoration of the binding or even rebinding. Paper items are often just surface cleaned and encapsulated in polyester film, matted, and boxed. For others, however, extensive treatment is required including procedures such as washing, deacidification, tape removal, stain reduction, and lining.

The lab does extensive exhibit preparation and framing. Lab staff oversee the storage and display of items and provide training in proper handling of artifacts.


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