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ARTHUR E. HOLMAN, JR. CONSERVATION LAB
 
PRESERVATION TRAINING INITIATIVE
 
PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
PRESERVATION RESOURCE LINKS
 
PREVENTATIVE PRESERVATION
 
CONSERVATION SPOTLIGHT
 

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About the Lab

The Conservation Lab is responsible for book and paper repair, preparing items for exhibition, and constructing protective enclosures for rare and fragile materials. The lab conserves items from the following departments:

  • Rare Books and Special Collections
  • South Carolina Political Collections
  • Newsfilm Library
  • Music Library
  • Map Library
  • South Caroliniana Library
    • Manuscripts Division
    • Published Materials Division
    • University Archives
    • Visual Materials Collections

 

More about the lab:

 

Teaching and Continuing Education 

The  video production phase of the Preservation Training Initiative, a project funded by IMLS.

View our seminar about mold in libraries and museums
 

Lab staff answer daily inquiries from other institutions and the general public about conservation and preservation issues. Conservation lab employees also train student interns and staff members.

Holly Herro and Phu Nguyen taught SLIS 797H, Preservation Applications, for the School of Library and Information Science in Spring 2006. Holly has also taught continuing education courses for the library school. These include general collection book repair, book repair for media specialists, construction of simple enclosures, and matting and framing.

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Conservation Resources

The lab has a collection of conservation and preservation resources, most of which was donated by Dr. Henry Grunder, retired from the Library of Virginia. This non-circulating library includes items on conservation techniques, history of the book, and several years worth of various conservation and preservation serials.

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Workshops 

Hugh Phibbs teaching matting
Hugh Phibbs from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Stuart Brockman teaching Gold Finishing
Stuart Brockman from the United Kingdom teaching a Gold Finishing Course.

The lab has offered workshops to professionals in the state of South Carolina and throughout the South. Past workshops include book conservation techniques with Bill Minter in 2000, matting techniques with Hugh Phibbs of the National Gallery of Art in 2001, and Stuart Brockman, who taught gold finishing techniques to conservators, staff, and University students in 2006.

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Treatments Performed 

Lab Interior
Interior of the conservation lab

The lab performs many types of treatments. These include:

  • Full conservation of:
    • books with leather, cloth, and paper bindings.
    • flat paper items such as:
      • manuscripts
      • maps
      • architectural drawings
  • Enclosures such as:
    • matting and framing
    • polyester encapsulation
    • box construction
    • exhibit mounts
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Zeiss Microscope
Kristi Wright uses the Zeiss Stereo Microscope while working on a watercolor.

Laboratory Equipment 

Some of the equipment used for treatments in the lab includes:

  • Bill Minter Ultrasonic Welder
  • Two Fume Hoods
  • Large suction table
  • Stealth Sucker
  • Deionized water system with the capability to heat water and adjust the pH as necessary
  • Zeiss Stereo Microscope
  • Approximately 300 gold finishing tools
  • Guillotine
  • Kensol press
  • Drill press
  • Vaggelli board shear
  • Job Backer
  • Leafcaster
  • Portable fume extractor
  • Donaldson dust extractor
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Links 

Arthur E. Holman, Jr. Conservation Laboratory Preservation Advisory Committee

Preservation Training Initiative

Staff

Preservation Resource links

 
Research and Development
 
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