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Conservation Intern Gets Experience in the Field

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by in The OFI Blog |

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Breann Young at the Smithsonian Archives

The leather bindings of some of William H. Dall’s field books was repaired this summer by Breann Young. An Intern with Collections Care Division in the Conservation Lab at the Smithsonian Archives.

She used Japanese tissue and acrylic paint for these field books. Leather repair is a fun process that is much different from other processes in the paper conservation field. While there are more steps taken to repair the leather, this brief explanation gives you the very basics of what it takes to conserve a deteriorating book like Dall’s field books.

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William H. Dall’s deteriorating field books